Wayne County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Duke Orlando Geary, 39, of Kenova, pleaded guilty today to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on January 30, 2020, law enforcement officers searched Geary’s Kenova residence. Geary admitted to possessing approximately 88 marijuana plants, 25 pounds of marijuana, a Taurus .22-caliber revolver, and ammunition found by officers during the search. Geary further admitted that he intended to sell the marijuana and possessed the firearm to protect the marijuana and the sales proceeds.
Geary is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1, 2023, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West.
United States District Judge Robert C. Chamber presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor is prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:22-cr-233.
Updated January 30, 2023