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Mason County man gets 10 years in prison for selling heroin and cocaine

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A Mason County man was sentenced to ten years in prison on federal drug and firearm charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

David Michael Persons, 50, of West Columbia, was found guilty in August by a federal jury on three counts of illegal drug distribution, one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Authorities said Persons sold heroin and cocaine to a confidential information in 2010.

The illegal drug transactions happened at Persons' West Columbia house.

On April 20, 2010, investigators executed a search warrant at Persons' house and seized several items that included a quantity of heroin, digital scales, a .22 caliber rifle, and a .410 gauge shotgun.

Persons is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a 2007 felony conviction.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation.