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Operation Mountaineer Highway Update: Fayette County Man 12th Defendant to be Sentenced for Federal Drug Crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Fayette County man was sentenced to federal prison for his participation in a drug trafficking operation in Fayette County, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Bobby Mack, Jr., 40, was sentenced to 72 months in prison and four years of supervised release. Mack had previously entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin. He is the 12th defendant to be convicted and sentenced as a result of the extensive investigation into drug trafficking in the Fayette County area.

Operation Mountaineer Highway was a hugely successful effort in keeping a smorgasbord of illegal drugs out of our central and southern West Virginia communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “The operation took down dozens of dealers. Many lives were saved as a result of this operation. Awesome work by the incredible team that worked this matter.”

Mack previously admitted that he participated in the drug trafficking organization by supplying heroin to a co-conspirator. More specifically, Mack admitted that on July 16, 2018, he distributed 182 grams of heroin to the co-conspirator. After Mack distributed the heroin, the co-conspirator was stopped by law enforcement officers and admitted that he had obtained the heroin from Mack at Mack’s residence in Scarbro. Based on this information, officers obtained a search warrant for Mack’s residence. While conducting the search, officers located items commonly used in drug distribution, three firearms, and approximately $343,097 dollars in cash. As part of the plea agreement, Mack agreed to forfeit to the United States the firearms which he was prohibited from possessing due to a prior felony conviction, as well as the $343,097. 

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force, with the support of the West Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug Task Force, the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, the Fayetteville Police Department and the Oak Hill Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy D. Boggess and Andrew J. Tessman handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.

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. 2:18-cr-00200.


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Updated July 22, 2020

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