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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Parkersburg Woman Enters Federal Guilty Plea To Heroin Distribution

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg woman has pleaded guilty today to a federal heroin charge, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today.  During her plea hearing before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston, Daquarri Coats, 21, admitted that on September 30, 2013, she sold $1,950.00 worth of heroin to an informant working with the Parkersburg Police Department.  The drug deal took place near the intersection of 30th Street and Dudley Avenue in Parkersburg. 

Coats faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on June 5, 2014.

The Parkersburg Police Department along with the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as 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. 

Updated January 7, 2015