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

Monday, November 14, 2016

Huntington drug dealer pleads guilty to federal heroin crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington heroin dealer pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Gerald Harris, 23, entered his guilty plea to distribution of heroin.

On March 22, 2016, Harris sold approximately 11.8 grams of heroin to a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. Harris met the confidential informant on Rear Monroe Avenue in Huntington to conduct the sale.

Harris faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on February 14, 2017.

The Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

This case was brought 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 November 14, 2016