For Immediate Release
South Charleston Meth Dealer Sentenced to 8 Years for Federal Drug Crimes
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A methamphetamine dealer from South Charleston was sentenced today to 8 years in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jamie Harmon, 38, previously pled guilty to distribution of methamphetamine.
Stuart commended the thorough investigation conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“Thanks to our law enforcement partners, another meth dealer is out of business,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Meth is a serious growing problem and now dealers are blending it with other poisons like fentanyl. It’s priority we keep these poisons off the streets and we’ll lock up every crystal meth dealer we can find.”
Harmon admitted that in January 2017, he and other individuals brought approximately four kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Atlanta to Charleston. On January 12, 2017, officers with MDENT executed a search warrant at a hotel room and found over 130 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, and a gun. The methamphetamine was part of the approximately four kilograms Harmon and others brought back from Atlanta, and it was lab-tested and confirmed to be over 90% pure. Harmon also admitted to distributing additional methamphetamine to confidential informants during controlled buys in March 2017.
Three other defendants involved in this methamphetamine conspiracy have been sentenced to federal prison. Quinton Funk, of Webster Springs, was sentenced to 21 years and 10 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Christopher Carte, of St. Albans, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Holly Doub, of South Charleston, was sentenced to five days in federal prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.
Assistant United States Attorneys Eric Bacaj and Haley Bunn were responsible for the prosecutions. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin presided over these cases.
These cases are 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 illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.