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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Parkersburg man headed to federal prison for heroin crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg man was sentenced to federal prison today for a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Lawrence Matthew Garner, 34, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. In today’s hearing, he was sentenced to two years and nine months for that offense. He was also sentenced to an additional two years in prison for violating his federal supervised release. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Garner admitted that on July 16, 2015, he was arrested by members of the South Charleston Police Department for delivery of a controlled substance. During a search incident to arrest, officers found over 37 grams of heroin in Garner’s possession.

The case against Garner was investigated by the South Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

This case is 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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated October 6, 2016