UPDATE 8/13/12 @ 11:05 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A South Charleston couple was sentenced Monday to federal prison for distributing crack cocaine, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Darrell Emmett Spencer, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Spencer’s wife Leslie Yvonne Carter, 39, was sentenced to three years and one month in prison.
Both defendants previously pleaded guilty in May. Spencer and Carter admitted that on Aug. 18, 2011, they participated together to sell a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).
Carter further admitted that she directed the informant to meet her co-defendant at a predetermined location in Charleston. Spencer admitted that at the time, he met with and entered the informant’s vehicle at the location and gave the informant a quantity of crack cocaine.
Spencer further admitted that he accepted $180 in exchange for the crack cocaine.
Carter also admitted to selling crack cocaine to an informant on six other occasions in August 2011. Carter further admitted that she met the confidential informant at various locations in and around Charleston to complete illegal drug transactions, including a transaction at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Memorial Hospital in Kanawha City. Carter was employed at a physician’s office at CAMC at the time the drug transactions occurred.
Spencer also admitted that on Aug. 1, 2011, he sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working at the direction of MDENT. The transaction took place at his residence in South Charleston.
Darrell Emmett Spencer, 42, and his wife Leslie Yvonne Carter, 39, admitted that on August 18, 2011, they worked together to sell a quantity of crack cocaine to a confidential informant.
Carter also admitted that she set up the meet in Charleston. Spencer admitted that at the time, he met with and got into the informant's vehicle, and gave the informant crack cocaine for $180.
Carter also admitted to selling crack cocaine to an informant on six other occasions in August 2011 at various locations around Charleston including CAMC, where Carter was employed at a doctor's office.
Spencer also admitted to another sale at his home in South Charleston.
Spencer and Carter each face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when they are sentenced on August 13, 2012.
The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.