South Charleston man pleads guilty to federal drug charge

Updated 5 years ago From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A South Charleston man pleaded guilty  to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Michael Andrew Rude, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it. 

Rude admitted that on April 23, 2015, he had heroin at his home in South Charleston that he intended to sell.  Rude also admitted that he had sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement on several other occasions in April.

Rude faces up to twenty years of imprisonment when he is sentenced on October 1, 2015.

The investigation was conducted by the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is in charge of the prosecution.