Federal jury convicts Charleston man of drug and gun crimes
Prosecutors say Andre "A3" Williamson is facing five years to life in prison after being convicted for drug and gun crimes by a federal jury Thursday. (Charleston Police Department)

Following a three-day trial, a man Charleston police once called “one of the most dangerous individuals in the city” was convicted of drug and gun crimes Thursday by a federal jury.

Andre Dewayne Williamson, 35, of Charleston, also known as “A3,” has been convicted of five counts of fentanyl distribution and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

The news release said evidence presented in court proved Williamson sold fentanyl to a confidential informant in Charleston on five occasions between July 5 and July 25 of last year. Williamson was reportedly in possession of a pistol during the first transaction.

“This defendant has a troubling criminal history involving violence and drugs, and the crimes in this case show that he continued to pose a threat to the community,” U.S. Attorney Will Thompson said in the news release. “I commend the law enforcement agencies that investigated and assisted in this case."

Sentencing for Williamson is scheduled for June 28. Federal prosecutors reported he faces five years to life in prison.

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