Two Detroit men plead guilty to federal heroin crimes in Hutington

Updated 5 weeks ago From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV
Two Detroit men plead guilty to federal heroin crimes in Hutington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two Detroit men pleaded guilty  to federal drug charges, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. JaJuan Thrasher, 30, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. In a separate prosecution, Charles Duncan Pippins, 30, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and possession with intent to distribute heroin. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart commended the investigation of the Huntington FBI Drug Task Force for the Thrasher case, and also commended the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department for the investigation of Pippins.

 

On September 14, 2015, members of the Huntington FBI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 2317 Lincoln Avenue in Huntington. When investigators executed the warrant, they located Thrasher and two additional individuals inside the residence. Investigators subsequently seized approximately 18 grams of heroin that was packaged for distribution from Thrasher’s pocket. Thrasher admitted that he had been distributing heroin in the Huntington area. As part of his plea, Thrasher also admitted that he and others used the Lincoln Avenue apartment to distribute heroin between the summer of 2015 and September 14, 2015. Thrasher faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 16, 2018. 

 

In a separate prosecution, on September 12, 2016, deputies with the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department used a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of heroin from Pippins. The informant traveled to the Days Inn Hotel located on U.S. Route 60 in Huntington, where Pippins distributed heroin to the informant. Deputies executed a search warrant on his room, and as agents entered, Pippins flushed heroin down the toilet. During the search of the room, deputies seized approximately 6 grams of heroin that Pippins admitted he intended to sell. An analyst with the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory confirmed that the heroin was mixed with fentanyl, a powerful opiate painkiller. Pippins faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 30, 2018. 

 

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling these prosecutions. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearings.

 

These cases were 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.  

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