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Project Safe Neighborhoods: Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Drug and Gun Crimes

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Michigan man has pled guilty to drug and gun crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Darelle Devon Boynton, 35, of Detroit, pled guilty to distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Boynton admitted that on January 23, 2020, he sold approximately 1.75 grams of heroin for $100 to a confidential informant. He also admitted that on January 30, 2020, he sold 8.47 grams of heroin to a confidential informant inside a car at 2005 10th Ave. in Huntington.

On February 13, 2020, police searched his house at 199 Davis St. in Huntington. Boynton had approximately 35.13 grams of heroin in his bedroom which he intended to sell. Also on February 13, 2020, Boynton possessed a Glock Model 19, 9mm pistol while inside a bar called Tamika’s, formerly known as the Copa, located at 2005 10th Ave. in Huntington. Boynton had previously been convicted of crimes that carried punishments of more than one year in prison, including armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and fleeing from a police officer. Because of those convictions, he was prohibited from possessing the firearm.

Boynton faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced on November 30, 2020.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey is handling the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.) and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Operation S.O.S. is an enforcement surge that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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. 3:20-cr-00038.


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Updated August 27, 2020

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