Charleston Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was sentenced Monday on federal drug charges related to cocaine possession, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Gabriel J. Gonzalez, 24, of Charleston, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison.

Gonzalez had 196 grams of cocaine and nearly $70,000 in cash hidden at his Charleston home in February 2012. Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Gonzalez’s sentence was handed down by U.S. Judge Thomas E. Johnston in Charleston.

On Feb. 28, 2012, members of the Charleston Police Department executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s home. During the search, police found cocaine, $69,440 in cash, and a set of digital scales. The cocaine seized by law enforcement weighed 196 grams.

Gonzalez told police that he intended to sell the cocaine. Gonzalez also told police the cash inside his residence was proceeds collected from illegal drug transactions.

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