CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County drug dealer pleaded guilty today to a federal heroin crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Christopher Priestley, 38, of Bloomingrose, entered his guilty plea to distribution of heroin.
Priestley admitted that he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement on four occasions from July to December 2015. The drug deals took place in Bloomingrose and Seth in Boone County.
Priestley faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on January 12, 2017.
The U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
This case was brought 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 U.S. 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 in communities across the Southern District.