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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New York man pleads guilty to Federal heroin crime

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A New York man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Nicholas Thomas Novak, 32, of Brentwood, New York, entered his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Novak admitted that on September 22, 2015, he possessed about 150 stamps or packets of heroin at a residence in Frankford in Greenbrier County. Novak further admitted that he brought the heroin to Greenbrier County for distribution. 

Novak faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 17, 2016.

The investigation was conducted by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.

This case was prosecuted under the Greenbrier Valley Heroin and Pill Initiative, 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. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated April 27, 2016