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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pled guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Michael Pittman, 38, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin.

“Meth and heroin,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “What else needs said?”

On October 9, 2018, officers with the Huntington Police Department were dispatched to the intersection of 18th Street West and Jefferson Avenue for a report of a man down.  When they arrived on scene, they found Pittman laying in the middle of the road with no shirt or shoes on.  Pittman told officers he had just injected heroin.  Officers found approximately 53 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 9 grams of heroin in Pittman’s truck.  Pittman admitted he intended to sell the methamphetamine and heroin.    

Pittman faces up to twenty years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 29, 2019.

The Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation.   The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.


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Updated April 9, 2019