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Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit, Michigan man pled guilty to a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. William Anthony Sparks, 32, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

“Detroit drug dealers keep coming into our district, and we keep catching and prosecuting them,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “To all you out of state drug dealers, I’ll give you few tips. Stay out of my district. Stop selling drugs. And stay out of prison. Pretty easy.”

Sparks admitted that on April 25, 2019, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped a car in which he was a passenger and recovered over 40 grams of a controlled substance he possessed with intent to distribute.

Sparks faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on October 13, 2020.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Former Assistant United States Attorney Drew Inman and Assistant United States Attorney Negar M. Kordestani are handling the prosecution.


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Updated July 20, 2020

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