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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Vienna Man With Heroin And Firearms Enters Federal Guilty Plea

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Vienna man who had heroin and two handguns in his residence pleaded guilty today to a federal firearms charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Robert Lamar Bates Porter, 26, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Porter entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., in Charleston.  

On November 10, 2013, police executed a search warrant at Porter’s 29th Street residence in Vienna and seized approximately 100 grams of heroin and two handguns.  Porter told police that the drugs and weapons were his and that he intended to distribute the heroin.

Porter faces at least 5 years and up to life imprisonment when he is sentenced on September 2, 2014.

The Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 7, 2015