CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A Michigan man has admitted to his role in a drug trafficking conspiracy, in Marion County, Acting United States Attorney Randolph Bernard announced.

William Charleston, also known as “Jay,” 41 of Detroit, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl in Proximity to a Protected Location.” Charleston admitted to distributing heroin and fentanyl near Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State University in August 2020.

William Charleston

Charleston was one of 11 people indicted in April for their roles in the drug ring.

Charleston faces at least one and up 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000 for each charge.

The Three Rivers Drug Task Force investigated the case.

Charleston remains in the North Central Regional Jail awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided.