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

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Detroit Heroin Courier Sentenced In Federal Court

Charleston, W.Va. – Darnez Turner, 26, of Detroit, Michigan was sentenced in federal court in Charleston today to six months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Turner previously pled guilty in July of this year, admitting that in July of 2011 he transported heroin from Detroit to Charleston by Greyhound Bus.  Turner was in route to deliver the heroin when he was stopped by an off-duty Charleston Police  Officer working security at the bus station. After the officer discovered heroin in Turner’s backpack, Turner admitted that he had agreed to transport the heroin for cash on delivery.

The case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.  The 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 Office of the United States Attorney, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill and heroin trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Updated January 7, 2015