A Charleston man who had more than $20,000 cash and nearly half a kilogram of cocaine in his home could face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Jason McGhee, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute Monday before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
A confidential informant working for the Metro Drug Unit arranged to buy cocaine from McGhee on April 24. He went to McGhee's home and gave him $2,400 in pre-recorded buy money to pay off a previous debt and buy more drugs. McGhee handed the informant five ounces of cocaine, the release said.
Detectives later executed a search warrant on McGhee's home and found the $2,400 spent by the informant along with an additional $17,800 cash, two sets of digital scales and 499 grams of cocaine.
McGhee is responsible for distributing between two and three-and-a-half kilos of cocaine.
He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Oct. 16.