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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Pennsylvania man pled guilty today to federal drug crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Angel Diaz-Gibson, 26, of Reading, entered his guilty plea to distribution of heroin and to using a phone to facilitate a drug felony. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

“If you make the mistake of selling heroin in Southern West Virginia, I can assure you that we have an aggressive team that will use every tool to hold you accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart. “Selling heroin in my district will put you behind bars for a long time.”

Diaz-Gibson admitted that on August 22, 2015, he sold 148 stamps of heroin to a confidential informant in Fairlea in Greenbrier County. Each stamp is considered to be one dose of heroin. Diaz-Gibson further admitted that he had a telephone conversation with the informant to help set up the drug deal. He also admitted that he had distributed a total of about 740 heroin stamps in Greenbrier County.

Diaz-Gibson faces up to 24 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 6, 2018.

Assistant United States Attorney John File is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the plea hearing.

This case is being 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 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
Opioids
Updated March 1, 2018