Two face decades in prison for drug offenses

December 20, 2018

HUNTINGTON - Two men, one from Huntington and the other from Detroit, face federal prison sentences of up to 20 years after admitting to possessing heroin and fentanyl in unrelated cases.

In the first case, a parolee admitted in federal court Monday to possessing a large quantity of heroin while on parole.

Oshae Hamilton, 25, of Huntington, pleaded guilty in a Huntington federal court Monday to possession with intent to distribute heroin. He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison at his March 25, 2019, sentencing.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Hamilton admitted that during a June 27 search of his home, West Virginia Parole Services and members of the Huntington Police Department located approximately 60 grams of heroin. He later admitted to officers he had intended to sell the heroin.

According to criminal complaints filed earlier this year, the parole services had requested assistance with a search of the home in the 1900 block of Doulton Avenue in Huntington and, along with the heroin, recovered 50 grams of marijuana, a cutting agent, baggies, two firearms and digital scales.

In an unrelated case, a Detroit man faces two decades in a federal prison after admitting to selling fentanyl to an individual in Huntington earlier this year.

Joshua McCarver, 20, pleaded guilty Monday to knowingly and intentionally distributing fentanyl. He faces up to 20 years at his March 25, 2019, sentencing.

According to Stuart, McCarver was arrested Feb. 19 after officers with the Huntington Police Department’s Special Emphasis Unit used a confidential informant to arrange a controlled buy of heroin from the defendant.

McCarver arrived at the buy location in Huntington’s West End and provided the informant with a substance he had represented as heroin in exchange for $70. The West Virginia State Police Lab later confirmed the substance to be fentanyl, a synthetic narcotic 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.

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