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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Detroit man pleads guilty to heroin crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Tuesday that Bryant Donavan Taylor, 35, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

On August 21, 2013, agents with the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of 8th Ave. in Huntington. The residence was rented by another man, and utilized by Taylor and others to distribute heroin. During the search, Taylor and two other men were present, and agents seized 134.8 grams of heroin and $10,431.76.

Taylor stated that he jointly possessed the heroin with a partner for distribution.

On August 22, 2013, agents executed a second search warrant at the same residence, and seized $3,000 concealed within a television.

Taylor stated the currency seized during both searches was proceeds from heroin distributions.

Taylor faces up to 40 years in federal prison and, a $5 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2015.

Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.

The case is being investigated by the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Adams is in charge of the prosecution.


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