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Chesapeake man pleads guilty in Federal court to distributing heroin

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Chesapeake, Ohio, man who conspired with others to distribute heroin in 2014 and 2015 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Alan R. Nolan, 35, pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, to distributing heroin.

On March 3, 2015, a confidential informant working at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration contacted Roger Lee Black to arrange the purchase of heroin. Black and Nolan met the informant in a parking lot of a car dealership near Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington, where Nolan distributed approximately 10 grams of heroin to the informant in exchange for $1,200. As part of his plea, Nolan admitted that he conspired with Black and others to distribute heroin from November 2014 to April 2015. Nolan also admitted that he was responsible for the distribution of up to 700 grams of heroin.

Nolan faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is schedule to be sentenced on February 1, 2016. Black, a co-defendant in this case, who pleaded guilty in federal court last week to distribution of heroin, also faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 25, 2016.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

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 November 2, 2015

Drug Trafficking