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Charleston man sentenced to federal prison for heroin crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced today to a year and a half in federal prison for a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Thomas Jarrell, 21, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. 

Jarrell admitted that on October 1, 2015, at his Georges Creek residence in Malden, he possessed approximately six grams of heroin that he intended to distribute. Agents of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team seized the drugs during the execution of a search warrant at Jarrell’s home. Jarrell further admitted that he was involved in the distribution of up to 60 grams of heroin.

The investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team and the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is handling the prosecution. United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Updated August 22, 2016