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Detroit drug dealer sentenced to Federal prison for heroin crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit heroin dealer was sentenced today to four years and nine months in federal prison for a drug crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Robert James Bellamy, 32, previously pleaded guilty in December 2015 to distribution of heroin. 

On October 22, 2014, officers with the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit used a confidential informant to purchase heroin from Bellamy in the Kanawha City area of Charleston. On three additional occasions, law enforcement conducted controlled purchases of heroin either directly from Bellamy or from an associate working at his direction. Bellamy admitted that from January through December 2014, he distributed at least 400 grams of heroin in and around Kanawha County.

Bellamy’s co-defendant, Andre Perryman, another Detroit drug dealer, was sentenced in January 2016 to a year and a day for aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.

The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is handling the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

This case was 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 April 28, 2016

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