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Former WVSU basketball player sentenced to two years in Federal prison for heroin trafficking

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A former West Virginia State University basketball player who sold heroin near a dormitory was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, to two years in federal prison followed by six years of supervised release, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced. Kendrick Leon Ward, 25, of Oak Park, Michigan, previously pleaded guilty in September of 2015 to distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of school property.

On November 8 and 11, 2013, Ward sold heroin to a confidential informant on West Virginia State University property near the Dawson Hall dormitory. On November 12, 2013, task force officers executed a search warrant at Ward’s dormitory room in Dawson Hall. Officers seized approximately 20 grams of heroin, 100 thirty mg oxycodone pills, 100 thirty mg tramadol pills, and $21,265 in cash, which included the bills used in the controlled heroin transactions with the confidential informant. 

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

This case is 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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Updated December 29, 2015

Drug Trafficking