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Williamson drug dealer sentenced to over eight years in federal prison for heroin crime

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Williamson man was sentenced today to eight years and four months in federal prison for a heroin charge, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Jerome Anthony Smith, 42, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin.

Smith admitted that from May to August 2014, during the course of several controlled purchases, he distributed both heroin and crack to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deals took place in the Williamson area. As part of the plea agreement, Smith admitted to all of the charged drug trafficking conduct, as well as additional drug deals.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is responsible for the prosecution. United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

This case was 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.

Updated August 21, 2017

Drug Trafficking