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Detroit man pleads guilty to heroin charge

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Steven Adams, 47, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Adams admitted that on June 16, 2014, he travelled by Greyhound bus from Detroit to Charleston with heroin intended for delivery to another person. He said he was approached by an individual in Detroit, who offered him money to carry the drugs to someone else in West Virginia. Adams was arrested at the bus station, following an encounter with agents of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).

Adams faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and a $1 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 11, 2015.

United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston presided over the plea hearing.

The case is being investigated by MDENT. Assistant United States Attorney John Frail 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 heroin and prescription drugs. 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 heroin and opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.


Updated January 8, 2016

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