Former Detroit man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A former Detroit man pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Tony Searcy, 48, pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it.  Searcy admitted that on September 26, 2014, he traveled from Detroit, Michigan to Huntington, West Virginia, with approximately 100 grams of heroin that he planned to sell in the Huntington area.

Searcy faces up to twenty years of imprisonment when he is sentenced on August 10, 2015.

The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Greg McVey and Jennifer Rada Herrald are in charge of the prosecution.

This case is 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.