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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 24, 2021
Lisa G. Johnston
, United States Attorney

Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug and Gun Charges

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man pleaded guilty today to federal drug and gun charges.

According to court documents, on October 21, 2020, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on the hotel room rented by Darryl Eric Hill, 37, at the Double Tree Hotel in Huntington. Hill was present in the room during the search and officers seized heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine base, over $19,000 and a loaded 9mm pistol. Hill admitted that he had stayed at the hotel for several weeks and that he had been selling the drugs in and around the Huntington area. Hill also admitted that he kept the firearm with him to protect himself based on his status as a drug dealer.

Hill pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and faces up to 20 years in federal prison for the drug charge, and a consecutive sentence of 5 years to life in federal prison on the gun charge, when he is sentenced on August 23, 2021.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-00072.

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