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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Saint Albans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Fentanyl Charge

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Saint Albans man pled guilty today to a federal fentanyl charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Travis Raynard Edwards, 30, entered his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Our efforts are focused on getting guys like Edwards off the streets,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We will prosecute every dealer of fentanyl to the fullest extent of the law.  As announced just last week, we are dedicating even more resources to address the problem of synthetic opioids.”

On March 2, 2018, DEA task force officers executed a search warrant at Edwards’ apartment on Shadyside Road in Saint Albans.  They seized 195 grams of fentanyl and two firearms.  Edwards has prior felony convictions of unarmed robbery and delivery of a controlled substance. 

Edwards faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 25, 2018.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is responsible for the prosecution.

 

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Opioids
Updated July 19, 2018