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Charleston Man Convicted For Crack Cocaine Distribution
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 5, 2012 9:15 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Charleston man was convicted Wednesday by a federal jury for illegal crack cocaine distribution.
Trial evidence revealed that Marvin Garrett, 32, knowingly distributed crack cocaine in January 2012, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Garrett is the 10th defendant to be convicted as part of the Charleston area's Drug Market Intervention initiative, which was launched in February of this year.
Trial evidence further revealed that the defendant illegally distributed the crack cocaine near the corner of Central Avenue and Russell Street in Charleston, the release said.
Garrett faces up to 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine when he is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston. This is the defendant's second federal felony conviction involving crack cocaine. Garrett will face an enhanced penalty at sentencing as a result of the conviction. This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William King and Joshua Hanks are in charge of the prosecution.
The Drug Market Intervention initiative was launched in February 2012 by Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster and U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, in collaboration with Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants and other federal, state, local law enforcement agencies and leaders representing several West Side community development organizations. The Drug Market Intervention initiative was initiated in Charleston as a strategic problem-solving effort aimed at closing down open-air drug markets that breed crimes of violence and disorder.
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