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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Detroit heroin dealer sentenced to over six years in federal prison for drug crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit drug dealer was sentenced today to six and a half years in federal prison for a heroin crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jason Matthew Brown, 35, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Brown admitted that on January 24, 2015, he was traveling from Detroit to Charleston with a codefendant and approximately 100 grams of heroin that Brown and his codefendant intended to sell. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department stopped the vehicle and located the heroin, which was hidden in a spare tire in the trunk and wrapped in black tape. Brown further admitted that he had been responsible for bringing up to 1,000 grams of heroin from Detroit for distribution in the Rand area of Kanawha County.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is handling the prosecution. United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

This case is 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. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 12, 2016