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Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Charge

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

Charleston, W.Va. – A Columbus, Ohio man pled guilty to a drug crime,  announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Darrell Gossett, age 34, pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

“Sounds like a comedy but it was real life -- drug dealer with 250 grams of meth backs into a police car,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “It’s not a comedy but maybe a comedy of errors. Law enforcement was able to seize the meth before Gossett could peddle it throughout southern West Virginia.”

Gossett admitted that on November 6, 2019, he possessed over 250 grams of methamphetamine hidden inside his vehicle. Investigators were approaching 2403 Whitman Creek Road in Whitman to investigate possible drug activity when Gossett quickly backed out of the location, striking a police cruiser.  A subsequent search of his vehicle led to the seizure of the methamphetamine.  As part of his guilty plea, Gossett admitted that he planned on selling the methamphetamine.

Gossett faces up to 40 years in prison when sentenced on June 17, 2020.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Nowles Heinrich is handling the prosecution.


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Updated March 11, 2020

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