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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 20, 2018

South Charleston Meth Dealer Sentenced to More Than 11 Years for Federal Drug Crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A methamphetamine dealer from South Charleston was sentenced yesterday to 135 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Carl “Yogi” Clark, 40, previously pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine. The investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“135 months.  More than 11 years. And a destroyed future,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “All because he decided a great career move was dealing drugs and selling meth and causing trouble in our communities.  Not a good career move.”

Clark previously admitted that in January 2017, along with other individuals, they brought approximately four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Atlanta to Charleston. On January 12, 2017, officers with MDENT executed a search warrant at a hotel room and found over 130 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, and a gun. The methamphetamine was part of the approximately four kilograms Clark and others brought back from Atlanta, and it was lab-tested and confirmed to be over 90% pure. Clark had also admitted to distributing additional methamphetamine to confidential informants during controlled buys in March 2017.

Four other defendants involved in this methamphetamine conspiracy have been sentenced to federal prison. Quinton Funk, of Webster Springs, was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Jamie Harmon, of South Charleston, was sentenced to 8 years for distributing methamphetamine. Christopher Carte, of St. Albans, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Holly Doub, of South Charleston, was sentenced to five days in federal prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.

Assistant United States Attorneys Eric Bacaj and Haley Bunn were responsible for the prosecutions. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over these cases.

These cases are being 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 illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated April 20, 2018