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Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Charleston Man Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Drug Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Levi Kennith Carter, 31, of Charleston, was sentenced to five years in federal prison pursuant to his previous guilty pleas to two counts of distribution of heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, and one count of distribution of methamphetamine.  Following his release from prison, Carter will serve three years of supervised release. 

“31 years old and this is Carter’s third federal drug conviction,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Maybe “three’s a charm” but if not, we’ll make it a fourth.”

Carter previously admitted that on February 28, 2020, and March 3, 2020, he met with a confidential informant working with the Charleston Police Department at an apartment complex on Renaissance Circle in Charleston.  On each occasion, he sold the informant a mixture of heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.  Carter admitted that he again met with a confidential informant working with the Charleston Police Department on March 5, 2020, also at the same apartment complex, and sold the informant a quantity of methamphetamine.  Each transaction was monitored by law enforcement officers. 

Carter has two prior federal convictions in the Southern District of West Virginia for felony offenses tied to drug dealing activity, making this his third conviction.  On October 12, 2010, he was convicted of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, and on October 2, 2015, he was convicted of distribution of heroin.          

The Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation.   Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe 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. 2:20-cr-00073.


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Updated October 29, 2020