Operation Smoke and Mirrors Update: Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime. Jaishawn Harris, 19, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
According to court documents, on March 11, 2021, law enforcement officers were conducting criminal interdiction and surveillance at a motel on Route 60 for possible drug activity. The officers observed numerous individuals associated with at least two different rooms interacting with each other. During the surveillance, officers observed a gold Honda pull up to the hotel room. An unknown black male, later identified as Harris, exited a room with a female and placed a bag in the trunk. Officers following the vehicle attempted a traffic stop, however, the Honda failed to stop. Eventually, Harris fled from the Honda on foot and was apprehended shortly thereafter. Law enforcement officers searched the Honda and found approximately nine grams of fentanyl in the bag that Harris had placed in the trunk.
Harris faces up to 20 years imprisonment when sentenced on October 12, 2021.
Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Huntington Violent Crime Drug Task Force, the Huntington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey 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. 3:21-cr-00059.