Raleigh County Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Crime

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – Sean Hafesh, 33, of Daniels, Raleigh County, pleaded guilty today to distribution of fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 6, 2021, Hafesh sold approximately 3.7 grams of suspected heroin to a confidential informant at a residence in Daniels, West Virginia. The West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory confirmed the controlled substance was fentanyl.

Hafesh further admitted to selling additional quantities of suspected heroin to confidential informants on October 5, 2021, and October 12, 2021. The following day, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence and found 355 grams of suspected heroin, 24.5 grams of methamphetamine, a revolver, and a bolt-action rifle belonging to Hafesh. The suspected heroin from the controlled buys and the search was later determined to contain fentanyl.

On October 21, 2021, Hafesh was stopped by a law enforcement officer who seized 36 grams of heroin and $1,460 in cash from Hafesh’s person and vehicle. On April 7, 2022, law enforcement officers again executed a search warrant at a residence in Beaver and found 56 grams of suspected heroin, 33 grams of methamphetamine, 62 grams of cocaine base, also known as “crack,” $1,042 in cash and several firearms.  The suspected heroin found during the search was later determined to contain fentanyl. Hafesh further admitted to telling officers on the day of that search that he had been selling a significant amount of suspected heroin during the previous several months.

Hafesh is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, and the West Virginia State Police.

United States District Judge Frank W. Volk presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Andrew D. Isabell and former Assistant United States Attorney Alex Hamner are prosecuting the case.

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. 5:22-cr-68.

 

 

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