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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Two dealers plead guilty to Federal drug crimes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two defendants pleaded guilty today to federal drug crimes, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jamarrio Dobbs, 35, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin. In a separate drug prosecution, Keri Browning, 28, of Logan, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone.

Jamarrio Dobbs admitted that on three occasions in February and March of 2016, he sold heroin to a confidential informant cooperating with law enforcement. On April 27, 2016, law enforcement executed a search warrant on the residence where Dobbs was staying and seized a handgun, over $7,000 in cash, and approximately 48 grams of crack. Dobbs was arrested immediately prior to the search and he informed officers that he had swallowed several bags of heroin. Officers took Dobbs to the hospital for treatment and recovered over two grams of heroin. Dobbs faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 7, 2016.

In a separate prosecution, Keri Browning admitted that on February 4, 2016, she sold oxycodone to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place at Browning’s Rossmore Road residence in Logan. Browning faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on August 25, 2016.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation of Dobbs. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is handling the prosecution of Dobbs. The plea hearing for Dobbs was held before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

The investigation of Browning was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is responsible for Browning’s prosecution. Browning’s plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

These prosecutions 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. 

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated June 2, 2016