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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dunbar heroin dealer sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison

Charleston, W. Va. -  United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that William Leon Sales, 37, of Dunbar, West Virginia was sentenced by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., to 46 months in prison for a federal drug offense.

On July 16, 2014, officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team found about 75 grams of heroin and $4000 in cash in Sales’ home in Dunbar.  Sales admitted that he intended to distribute the heroin in the Dunbar area.  On July 1, 2014, Sales also provided a gram of heroin to a middleman who sold it to a confidential informant for $150.  At the time, Sales told the informant that he had another half-ounce of heroin at home if the informant wanted more.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald was responsible for the prosecution.

This case was 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 prescription drugs and heroin. 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 opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 24, 2015