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Press Release

Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Cornelius Pope, 24, from Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty today to distribution of fentanyl, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

“Another Detroit drug dealer.  Another conviction,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Pope was selling deadly fentanyl and heroin in the Beckley area. Whether we take drug dealers down one at a time or shutter entire networks, we are removing these poison peddlers from our communities.”

Pope admitted that on November 7, 2018,  January 25, 2019, and May 26, 2020, he sold fentanyl and heroin to confidential informants working with the Beckley-Raleigh Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. 

Pope faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 22, 2021.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Beckley-Raleigh Drug and Violent Crime Unit.   United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner is handling the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-cr-00085.


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Updated October 2, 2020

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