Charleston man sentenced by Federal court for distribution of heroin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Matthew Watts, II, 31, of Charleston, West Virginia, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston to three years of supervised probation for distribution of heroin. As a condition of the probation, Watts is required to serve eight months on home confinement, perform 400 hours of public service, and participate in an AA program.

Watts pleaded guilty to distributing heroin on July 30, 2015, in federal court in Charleston. Watts admitted that on September 17, 2014, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement authorities. The drug deal took place in Charleston at the 7-Eleven parking lot located on Washington Street, West.

The investigation was conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted 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.