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Press Release

Charleston Man Sentenced for Federal Methamphetamine Crime

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison today for his role in a conspiracy that involved large quantities of methamphetamine transported from Akron and sold in West Virginia, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Charles Vincent Hively, Jr., 46, previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

“Another great effort. This man is going to prison and another meth dealer in the world of drug trafficking has been removed,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

Hively admitted that on June 7, 2019, officers came to his residence at 1195 Livingston Ave. in Charleston to execute a warrant that had been issued for his arrest. When officers knocked on the door, they saw Hively look out the window and run to the rear of the residence. Hively then threw a cigarette box from a rear window. When officers recovered the box, they discovered that it contained approximately 24 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also recovered additional methamphetamine from inside the residence and Hively admitted that he intended to distribute the drugs. As part of his plea, Hively admitted that he was responsible for distributing up to 200 grams of methamphetamine in the Southern District of West Virginia.    

The joint investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Other investigative agencies included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the United States Marshals Service, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Charleston Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Akron, Ohio Police Department and the Brecksville, Ohio Police Department.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.

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. 3:19-cr-00245.


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Updated September 8, 2020

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