Morgantown man pleads guilty to federal drug charge


A Monongalia County man has admitted to his role in a drug distribution operation.

Daniel Payne, 31, of Morgantown admitted to his involvement in a heroin, oxycodone and cocaine distribution operation, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Payne pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting distribution of heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Payne admitted to selling heroin in July 2017 in Monongalia County.

According to a press release, Payne faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated the case.  The United States Marshals Service assisted.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program, which supplies federal funding and coordination to allow federal and state agencies to work together to identify, investigate and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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