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Resident admits intent to sell heroin

A Huntington man could spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting he planned to sell heroin found in his home.

Gregory Donearl Easterling, 37, of Staunton Road on Monday pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute heroin before U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Easterling also goes by the aliases "Smoke" and "Dion A. Foster," according to court documents.

Members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force searched Easterling's home in December 2011 and found 6.8 grams of heroin on the kitchen shelf and six bindles of heroin, three firearms and a set of digital scales.

During that search officers seized a loaded .45-caliber pistol stored in Easterling's bedrail.

Easterling told police he intended to sell the heroin from his home. He admitted he was responsible for 27 grams of heroin and 60 30-milligram oxycodone pills.

In addition to jail time Easterling also faces a fine of $1.25 million when he is sentenced on Dec. 17.

The Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory McVey handled the prosecution.



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