EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharleston Man Sentenced To Prison On Drug Charge
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 21, 2013 4:51 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Charleston man who had 196 grams of cocaine and nearly $70,000 in cash hidden at his residence was sentenced Monday to two and a half years in federal prison.
Gabriel J. Gonzalez, 24, previously pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office. Gonzalez’s sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston.
On Feb. 28, 2012, members of the Charleston Police Department executed a search warrant on Gonzalez’s Charleston residence. During the search, police found cocaine, $69,440 in cash, and a set of digital scales. The cocaine seized by law enforcement weighed 196 grams. Gonzalez told police that he intended to sell the cocaine. Gonzalez also told police that the cash inside his residence was proceeds collected from illegal drug transactions.
This case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Blaire Malkin handled the prosecution.
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