Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pleaded guilty today to a federal gun crime.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Shawn Le, 28, sold fentanyl, a .22 caliber revolver and 214 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition to a confidential informant working with law enforcement on February 19, 2021.

Le pleaded guilty to using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to life imprisonment when sentenced on January 20, 2022.

Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Steve Loew is handling the prosecution.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

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. 2:21-cr-00156.








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