From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit heroin dealer pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Lawrence Watson, 21, entered his guilty plea in federal court to distribution of heroin.

Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on April 25, 2016.

Watson admitted that on June 12, 2014, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place at a residence on Elaine Drive in Rand. After the drug deal, officers executed a search warrant on the residence and found Watson in the house. During the search, officers discovered additional heroin and recovered the money used in the controlled drug purchase from Watson’s pocket.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is in charge of the prosecution. The defendant entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

This case is 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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.