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Press Release

Charleston Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jonathon Dewayne Eads, 37, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 11 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 7, 2022, Eads sold approximately 227 grams of methamphetamine for $1,500 to a confidential informant at a Garrison Avenue residence in Charleston. Eads and his co-defendant sold quantities of methamphetamine totaling approximately 392 grams to a confidential informant in Charleston on June 14, 2022, August 21, 2022, and October 7, 2022.

Eads has a long criminal history that includes multiple prior convictions. In Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Eads was convicted of conspiracy and operating a clandestine drug lab on January 24, 2007, possession of a controlled substance on March 31, 2011, and possession of a controlled substance on April 4, 2013. In Kanawha County Circuit Court, Eads was convicted of fleeing on April 22, 2015, and of two counts of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and one count of person prohibited from possessing firearms on June 3, 2019.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). MDENT is composed of the Charleston Police Department, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the Nitro Police Department, the St. Albans Police Department and the South Charleston Police Department.

United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney J.C. MacCallum prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:23-cr-115.



Updated December 18, 2023

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