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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 8, 2016

South Charleston drug dealer sentenced to eight years for Federal heroin crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A South Charleston drug dealer was sentenced today in federal court to eight years in prison for five drug crimes, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Rahkeem Cheeks, 37, had previously pleaded guilty in August of 2015 to four counts of distributing heroin and one count of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute.

Cheeks admitted that on four occasions between June 2 and June 8, 2015, he sold heroin in Kanawha County to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. After the last controlled purchase, officers executed a search warrant on June 8, 2015, for a residence on Amanita Drive in South Charleston where Cheeks was staying. The officers arrested Cheeks, found him in possession of heroin, and located additional heroin in the residence, along with digital scales, empty plastic bags, and two handguns. Cheeks further admitted that he intended to distribute the heroin found by law enforcement during the search.

The investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald handled the prosecution. United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., imposed the sentence.

This case is 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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 8, 2016