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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Huntington drug dealer pleads guilty to federal heroin charge

Law enforcement seized a large quantity of heroin and found two loaded handguns in defendant’s stove

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man pleaded guilty yesterday to a federal drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Cortez Quayveon Brown, 27, entered his guilty plea to distribution of heroin.

 

A confidential informant working with law enforcement called Brown on March 3, 2016, to arrange a drug deal for heroin. Brown later met the informant at his 7th Street apartment in Huntington, where he distributed approximately 5.5 grams of heroin in exchange for $1,500. Brown also provided the informant with additional heroin weighing approximately 10.4 grams.

 

Special agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration seized nearly 8 grams of heroin and $5,500 in cash during the execution of a federal search warrant at Brown’s apartment on March 10, 2016. Special agents also discovered a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the kitchen stove. Brown admitted to arranging additional controlled buys of heroin in which he used others to make the actual deliveries. The heroin recovered from all the controlled buys and the search was sent to the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory, which confirmed that the substance was heroin with a total weight of 94.71 grams.

 

U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the Drug Enforcement Administration for their investigative efforts.

 

Brown faces up 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 7, 2018.

 

Assistant United States Attorney R. Gregory McVey is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

 

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 pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated January 30, 2018