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Press Release

Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Rafael Starks, 36, of Detroit, Michigan pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.  Starks was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2018.

Starks admitted that on August 1, 2018, he and another individual sold heroin to a confidential informant in the 1100 block of 9th Avenue in Huntington.   

Starks faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 12, 2021.

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation.   The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor is handling the prosecution.

The case was prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), an enforcement surge that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas.

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. 3:18-cr-00249.


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Updated April 12, 2021

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