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Huntington Man Admits Possessing Heroin, Cocaine And Oxycodone For Distribution

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

Charleston Man Caught with Pills, Heroin, Crack, Guns and Ammunition

Huntington, W.Va. – U. S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Julian Tucker, 26, of Huntington, West Virginia plead guilty today in federal court in Huntington to possessing heroin, cocaine and oxycodone with the intent to distribute them.  Tucker admitted that in January of 2014, while en route to Huntington with the illegal drugs, the cab in which he was travelling was stopped for speeding.  When officers discovered the drugs, Tucker was arrested and admitted that he had purchased the drugs the day before in Florida for $40,000. 

At today’s plea hearing, Tucker, who at the time of his arrest was on federal supervision for a bank robbery conviction, also admitted that traveling to Florida without permission and buying illegal drugs violated the terms of his supervised release. 

Tucker, faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000.00 fine on the drug possession charge and an additional 2 years imprisonment for violating the terms of his supervised release.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 28, 2014.

This case is being 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 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. 

Updated January 7, 2015