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Press Release

Detroit Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Drug Crime

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Detroit man was sentenced today to 108 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.  Martinis Twone Irving, 44, was previously charged as a result of a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with the assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Michigan, and the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit.

According to court documents, Martinis Irving, 44, of Detroit Michigan, was stopped on Interstate 77 near Beckley for speeding in a construction zone on December 17, 2020.   During the traffic stop, a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car being driven by Irving.  Law enforcement officers then obtained a search warrant for the car and discovered approximately 1,100 grams of heroin hidden in the car.  Irving ultimately admitted that the heroin was his and he intended to distribute the heroin within the Southern District of West Virginia. 

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the cooperative investigative efforts of the ATF, the DEA, and the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, which is comprised of officers from the Beckley Police Department, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.  

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution.   United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence.

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. 5:21-cr-00011.





Updated September 3, 2021

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