CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to cocaine distribution and will face up to 20 years in prison.
William Edward Richmond, 31, was arrested by Charleston police on June 7 after selling crack to a police informant near Park and Central avenues on the city's West Side. He is to be sentenced on March 27 by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr.
Richmond's arrest and prosecution are part of the Charleston area's Drug Market Intervention initiative, which began in February 2012, and identifies serious drug offenders present in the community. Federal charges have been filed against 13 people in the last few months through the DMI initiative, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.