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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Charleston meth dealer pleads guilty to federal drug charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man who sold methamphetamine while on federal supervised release pled guilty today, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Ravi White, 27, entered his guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.

“Thanks to the brave work of officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our safety, another drug dealer is off the streets,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “We will keep going after drug thugs until they get the message - we’re determined to put them out of business and behind bars for a long time.”

White admitted that on October 26, 2017, he sold nearly 90 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place on McClung Street in Charleston. White further admitted that he also sold over 50 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on two separate occasions in October 2017. Officers executed a search warrant on White’s residence on November 2, 2017, and seized $320 in recorded buy money from the controlled purchases of narcotics, as well as an additional $5,040 in cash and a handgun from his vehicle.

White faces at least five and up to 45 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 23, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.

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 illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 14, 2018