United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Leonard Dillon, 58, of Bim in Boone County pled guilty in federal court in Charleston to selling heroin.
On March 21, 2013, Dillon sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. On four other occasions in March and April 2013, Dillon sold heroin and oxycodone to a confidential informant.
Dillon faces up to twenty years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine when he is sentenced on December 4, 2014.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said that Dillon has a long criminal history in the county.
“The southern end of the county will be better off with him in prison,” Barker said.
The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald.
The case is being 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 United States 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.
(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)