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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two dealers appear in Federal court on drug charges

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two men appeared in federal court today on drug charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto.

Adam Christopher Skeens, 45, of Princeton, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for distribution of hydromorphone. Skeens admitted that on February 23, 2015, he distributed hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in Princeton. He further admitted that he distributed hydromorphone to a confidential informant on two other occasions. 

In a separate drug prosecution, Jalil M. Myers, 19, of Charleston, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin. Myers admitted that on November 5, 2015, and on three other occasions, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement authorities. Myers faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on August 29, 2016.

The Skeens case was investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.

The case against Myers was investigated by the South Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

These prosecutions were brought 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 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 opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated June 14, 2016