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Charleston Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Crimes

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to federal prison for armed drug trafficking crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Kevin Huffman, 36, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.   

“10 years in federal prison,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We are tough, tough, tough on crime.  Through increased and aggressive efforts to prosecute drug dealers like Huffman, we are making great progress towards safer streets, safer families and a safer West Virginia.” 

Huffman previously admitted that he agreed to meet and sell methamphetamine to an individual now known to be a confidential police informant in Dunbar, West Virginia on November 30, 2017. Police approached a vehicle driven by Huffman to the meeting point. Huffman was found sitting on top of a Ruger, model SR, .40 caliber pistol. Following a search of the vehicle driven by Huffman, officers recovered a distribution quantity of methamphetamine and the firearm, as well as cash and Xanax, Diazepam and Clonazepam pills. At the plea hearing, Huffman admitted that he possessed the firearm to further his drug trafficking activities.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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Updated February 7, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods