CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A law enforcement initiative targeting drug activity on Charleston's west side has resulted in a guilty plea.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 31-year-old William Edward Richmond pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to crack cocaine distribution. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced March 27.
Richmond was prosecuted as part of the federal, state and local program called "Drug Market Intervention." Federal officials say the program was first implemented in High Point, N.C., and has been rolled out in other cities. The aim of the program is to crack down on centers that breed crimes of violence and other negative consequences.
The Charleston program's undercover operations have resulted in charges against 13 people.