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Huntington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charge

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man pleaded guilty today to a federal methamphetamine charge.

According to court documents, Deshawn Derese Nelson, 51, admitted that he possessed more than 18 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of fentanyl on December 26, 2018 on Broadway Avenue in Parkersburg.  Officers with the Parkersburg Police Department stopped Nelson for speeding and found the drugs hidden in the leg of his pants when they arrested him for a capias issued by the Cabell County Circuit Court. 

Nelson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 11, 2021.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force and the Parkersburg Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is prosecuting the case.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:20-cr-0062.




Updated April 29, 2021

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