BECKLEY, W.Va. – Eric Dale Mills, 45, of Beckley, pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 26, 2021, a Raleigh County Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop on the car Mills was driving. Law enforcement officers searched the car and found over 50 grams of fentanyl and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers also found small bags for packaging and scales. Mills admitted that he possessed the fentanyl and that he intended to distribute it.
Mills pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing fentanyl and faces not less than five and up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 1, 2022.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.
United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew D. Isabell is handling the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:21-cr-00252.