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Columbus Man Sentenced to Almost Nine Years in Federal Prison for Drug and Gun Offenses

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Columbus, Ohio man was sentenced to federal prison for federal drug distribution and firearm offenses, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  D’ Alfonza Mikell, 27, was sentenced to 106 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. His imprisonment is to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. 

“Mikell was a gun-toting, poly-drug dealer from Columbus that made the mistake of peddling his poisons in Charleston,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “As a result of MDENT’s great work, he will now be spending a significant time in federal prison for his crimes.”

Mikell previously admitted that on January 10, 2019,  detectives with the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) stationed themselves around the McDonald’s parking lot of Washington Street East, in Charleston.  They had been warned that Mikell had come from Ohio and would be conducting a drug transaction that morning.  A white pickup truck, with Mikell and three other individuals inside, pulled in and parked.  Detectives watched as the defendant met with a confidential source.  After meeting with the confidential source,  MDENT detectives approached the truck in which Mikell was seated.  Mikell was ordered out of the truck and at that time, detectives observed a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol hidden underneath his leg.  The defendant also had over 25 grams of methamphetamine and 2 grams of heroin inside his jacket pocket.  Digital scales, 13 more grams of methamphetamine, and 2 more grams of heroin were inside the truck’s console. 

The Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation.   Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorneys L. Alexander Hamner and Erik Goes handled the prosecution.


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Updated December 16, 2019

Drug Trafficking
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