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Press Release

Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Crime

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Michigan man was sentenced today to three years and one month in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for distribution of heroin.

According to court documents, on February 13, 2020, William Pope, also known as “Shorty,” 47, of Detroit, sold a quantity of heroin to a confidential informant at a trailer where Pope was staying near Beckley. Pope admitted to selling the heroin and to selling what he now knows was fentanyl to a pair of confidential informants during separate transactions on February 6, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement, and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Detroit.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy D. Boggess prosecuted 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. 5:21-cr-111.








Updated July 7, 2022

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