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South Charleston Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A South Charleston man was sentenced to prison on a federal drug charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Willie James Coleman, 55, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base, which will be followed by 72 months of supervised release. 

“We’re not seeing too much crack cocaine in the area, but we occasionally still come across a crack dealer like Coleman,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We prosecute crack dealers just like we do any other peddler of illegal drugs.  This crack dealer will get more than three years inside because of his choice to be a drug dealer.”

Coleman previously admitted that on January 31, 2019, officers executed a search warrant on his home in South Charleston.  During the search, officers recovered the following: a pill bottle containing multiple pieces of “crack” cocaine; two clear plastic bags containing “crack” cocaine from two safes; a loaded .25 caliber pistol; digital scales; and a drug ledger. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation.   United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the hearing.  Former Assistant United States Attorney Drew Inman and Assistant United States Attorney L. Alexander Hamner handled the prosecution.


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Updated November 20, 2019

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