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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Charleston man sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for heroin trafficking

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Jon Paul Clements, 33, of Charleston, West Virginia, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for selling heroin.  Clements pled guilty in October of 2014 to four counts of distributing heroin in the Charleston area.

At his guilty plea hearing, Clements admitted that he repeatedly sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement at various times and locations in July and August of 2014.  Clements was sentenced as a career offender based on his criminal history that included prior convictions for robbery, unlawful wounding, and possession with intent to deliver marijuana. 

“We’re fighting back hard against the spread of heroin in West Virginia,” said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. “Honest citizens shouldn’t have to worry about career criminals selling drugs in their communities. Now this defendant will have a long time in federal prison to think about the families and neighborhoods he damaged.”

The case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman was in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 29, 2015