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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Two Charleston crack dealers appear in federal court for drug crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Charleston drug dealers appeared in federal court today for crimes involving crack, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Dushawn D. Williams, 40, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for distribution of crack. In a separate prosecution, Terri Mitchell, 25, entered her guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute crack.   

Williams admitted that on July 24, 2015, he sold approximately an ounce of crack to a confidential informant working with law enforcement in exchange for $1,600. The drug deal took place in the parking lot of the Dollar General store in Cross Lanes.

In a separate drug prosecution, Mitchell admitted that in March 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant at her Charleston residence and discovered approximately 80 grams of cocaine and over 60 grams of crack in her bedroom, along over $7,600 in cash. Mitchell further admitted that in May 2015, law enforcement executed another search warrant at her residence in Charleston. While searching Mitchell’s residence, officers found that Mitchell was in possession of approximately 2.7 grams of crack in the pockets of her pants. Mitchell faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on January 25, 2017.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation of Williams. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is in charge of the Williams prosecution. The case against Mitchell was investigated by the Charleston Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is responsible for the Mitchell prosecution. The hearings were held before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

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 crack. 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 October 18, 2016