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West Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Marijuana

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia man pled guilty today to federal drug trafficking offenses, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Tequan Montek Pratt, 24, pled guilty to two counts of distribution of marijuana before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Putnam County Narcotics Unit and the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force - West.

“Pratt trafficked at least 20 kilos of marijuana,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “In this District, marijuana traffickers will be prosecuted just like any other drug trafficker.”

Pratt admitted that on March 29, 2018; March 30, 2018; and April 9, 2018, he sold a pound of marijuana to a confidential police informant at a duplex in Nitro, Putnam County, West Virginia.  Pratt also admitted that he and his associates were trafficking the marijuana from cities throughout California for several months.  Estimated conservatively, Pratt admitted to trafficking at least 20 kilograms of marijuana from California.  The United States indicated its intention to prove at sentencing that Pratt also possessed a small arsenal of firearms and almost 800 MDMA pills at two other houses in Putnam County.

Pratt faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on December 2, 2019.  Assistant United States Attorney Drew O. Inman is handling the prosecution.



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Updated August 27, 2019

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