Kanawha County Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Crime
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Andre Leavell Pardue Jr., 35, of Nitro, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on June 16, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Pardue’s residence and found a bag of fentanyl and cash in a pair of pants in Pardue’s bedroom, a Smith & Wesson model M&P 9, 9mm pistol under Pardue’s bed, and a safe containing cash, a second bag of fentanyl and a Smith & Wesson, model M&P 40 Shield, .40-caliber pistol.
Pardue admitted to possessing the fentanyl found in his pants. Pardue further admitted that he intended to both sell and use the fentanyl found in the safe. Pardue also admitted that the cash found in his pants and the safe totaled $3,020 and was proceeds from his fentanyl sales, with a portion of the money intended for his drug supplier.
Pardue is scheduled to be sentenced on September 6, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, at least three years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the invaluable assistance provided by the West Virginia State Police.
Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Nowles Heinrich is prosecuting the case.
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. 2:21-cr-124.