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Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A man from Detroit, Michigan, pled guilty to a federal drug trafficking charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Eddie Riago-Javone Bryant, 27, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin before Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the Charleston Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Another Detroit drug dealer is convicted,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “They are not welcome in the Southern District of West Virginia.”

According to public court hearings and Bryant’s plea agreement, Bryant sold drugs to a police undercover confidential informant in Charleston and Cross Lanes, West Virginia, on February 8, 2018; February 12, 2018; and February 14, 2018.  Bryant sold drug mixtures containing heroin, fentanyl, and phencyclidine (PCP).  On February 15, 2018, investigators arrested Bryant at the Cross Lanes Motel 6 and found that he was carrying around 30 grams of a heroin mixture, $688 in drug proceeds, and a digital scale.

After Bryant’s release from jail, he again sold a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to a confidential informant on April 18, 2018, in Charleston.  Investigators arrested Bryant and executed a search warrant at his apartment on West Washington Street.  They recovered approximately 12 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mixture and found a .22 caliber revolver hidden in a cereal box in the kitchen cabinets.

Bryant faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 10, 2019.  Assistant United States Attorneys Drew O. Inman and Joshua C. Hanks are handling the prosecution.


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Updated June 13, 2019

Drug Trafficking