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Georgia Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Georgia man was sentenced today to 15 months for a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jahrius Whitehead, 26, previously entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana.  The Kenova Police Department conducted the investigation.  

“Selling cocaine and marijuana – a big problem that needs to end,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Whitehead tried to run but law enforcement was too quick.  Good work by the Kenova Police Department in keeping these dangerous drugs off the streets.”

Whitehead admitted that on September 5, 2018, he was pulled over on I-64 for speeding.  Whitehead fled the traffic stop.  Officers pursued him on I-64.  Whitehead wrecked his vehicle and ran from his vehicle on foot.  Officers found him a short distance from the interstate.  After he gave officers consent to search his vehicle, officers located approximately 151 grams of cocaine and approximately 392 grams of marijuana.  He admitted to officers that he had traveled to Huntington to sell the cocaine and marijuana.   

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.



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Updated February 25, 2019

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