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Detroit Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Detroit, Michigan man who possessed a mixture containing heroin and fentanyl for distribution in Cross Lanes, West Virginia was sentenced to 33 months in prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).  John Delaney Wilson, 36, previously plead guilty to possessing with intent to distribute heroin.

“Five felony drug convictions. Sadly, none of the previous four convictions taught the defendant to stop selling drugs,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We need to take note of those that repeatedly offend and ensure their opportunities to re-offend are extremely limited.  The Detroit Express from Detroit to West Virginia is being shut down one Detroit drug dealer at a time.”

On November 27. 2018, MDENT detectives executed a search warrant on an apartment in Cross Lanes they believed was being utilized to distribute heroin. Upon entering the residence, a detective observed Wilson running to the bathroom of the apartment and attempting to flush suspected narcotics down the toilet. A detective recovered the item Wilson attempted to flush and testing by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Lab confirmed the substance to be heroin containing fentanyl.  Detectives had conducted a controlled buy of heroin earlier that day from another individual seen entering the apartment in Cross Lanes and recovered the recorded buy money in Wilson’s pants pockets during the execution of the search warrant.

The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. While imposing the sentence, the Court noted that Wilson had no connections to West Virginia and came to the area just to sale drugs. The Court further noted that this conviction was Wilson’s fifth felony drug conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman.


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Updated August 2, 2019

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