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Dunbar Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Heroin From His Apartment

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

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Donald Covington, 44, of Dunbar, West Virginia entered a guilty plea to distribution of heroin on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  On December 5, 2013, detectives with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department STOP team used a confidential informant (“CI”) to buy heroin from Covington from his apartment at 405 11th Street in Dunbar.  Covington also sold heroin to the CI from his apartment on December 3, 2013, and on December 12, 2013.  Following the December 12, 2013 drug deal, police searched Covington’s apartment where they found three firearms, additional heroin, crack cocaine, and cocaine. 

Covington faces up to 20 years imprisonment when he is sentenced by Judge Thomas J. Johnston on October 1, 2014.

The case was investigated by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department STOP Team.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of 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 United States Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal heroin and pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of prescription pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 7, 2015