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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Rand drug dealer sentenced to eight years in Federal prison for heroin crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Rand heroin dealer was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for a drug crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Marcus Manchion, 27, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin. 

Manchion admitted that on March 3, 2015, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. The drug deal took place on the 5000 block of Church Drive in Rand. Manchion also admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant on three other occasions in March 2015. On April 16, 2015, officers executed a search warrant on Manchion’s house in Rand and recovered over 80 grams of heroin and a Glock Model 37 pistol. 

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

This case was 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. 

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 12, 2016