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Two Charleston men sentenced in Federal court on drug charges

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Charleston men were sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, on drug charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto.

Gregory Woods, 38, was sentenced to four years in federal prison for using a communication device to facilitate cocaine distribution, as well as four years in federal prison for possessing marijuana for remuneration. The sentences for these federal drug charges are to be served concurrently. Woods admitted that on June 8, 2011, he arranged to sell a confidential informant an ounce of cocaine at his residence through telephone calls made with his cellular phone. After Woods sold the drugs, law enforcement executed a search warrant at his residence on Early Street in Charleston and recovered 13.9 grams of cocaine, 176 grams of marijuana, and a firearm. Woods further admitted that he possessed the marijuana located in his house for distribution.   

Levi Carter, 26, was sentenced to ten months in federal prison for distribution of heroin. Carter admitted that on April 21, 2015, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place in the parking lot of the Embassy Suites hotel in Charleston. Carter also admitted to selling heroin to the confidential informant on several other occasions in April and May of 2015. 

Both of these cases were investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman handled the prosecution of both cases. The sentence for Woods was imposed by United States District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston. The sentence for Carter was imposed by United States District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

These cases are 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. 

Updated January 5, 2016

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