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Detroit man pleads guilty in Federal court to possession of heroin

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man found in possession of heroin in April 2015 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Cordell Lopasker McCarrall, Jr., 21, pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

On April 2, 2015, agents with the DEA Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence located at 2017 9th Avenue, Apartment 1, in Huntington. When agents executed the warrant, McCarrall ran from the residence and was quickly apprehended. During a search of the residence, agents located approximately 90 grams of heroin, $6,700 in cash, paraphernalia used in the distribution of heroin, and a magnetic concealment box commonly used to transport heroin. McCarrall admitted at his plea hearing that he possessed the heroin that agents seized in the search, and intended to sell it. McCarrall also admitted that he conspired with others to distribute heroin from November 2014 to April 2015 and that he was responsible for the distribution of up to 700 grams of heroin.

McCarrall faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is schedule to be sentenced on February 1, 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 January 8, 2016