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North Carolina pleads guilty to federal drug crime

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) – A North Carolina man pled guilty in Bluefield, WV for a federal drug crime.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Keith Deshon Adams, 39, of Statesville, NC, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of fentanyl.

Court documents showed that Adams was a passenger in a vehicle that was subjected to a traffic stop in Oak Hill, WV on September 7, 2022.

In court, Adams admitted to trying to flee on foot after being asked to exit the vehicle and stand in front of the officer’s cruiser, so a taser was deployed on Adams.

During the struggle with an officer, Adams opened his cross-body bag that he was wearing and took out a plastic baggy containing fentanyl powder. He then tore open the baggy which caused the fentanyl to spill onto the officer’s clothing, face and mouth.

The officer did ingest some of the fentanyl and then began suffering an apparent overdose, and as other officers secured Adams, a second officer also suffered an apparent overdose after ingesting some of the fentanyl as well.

Both officers were transported to a hospital and treated with naloxone.

Following this incident, Adams was initially charged with two counts of attempted murder, but those charges were dismissed when it was determined that he would be prosecuted in federal court. However, Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Ciliberti, Jr., said that the alleged attempt will be considered when determining Adams’ sentence.

Adams is scheduled to be sentenced on September 17, 2024, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine.

Anna Harden

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