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Charleston man gets six years in prison for selling crack cocaine

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A Charleston man was sentenced to six years in federal prison for selling crack cocaine, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Matthew Saunders, 20, previously pleaded guilty in October 2012.

Saunders is the second person to be sentenced recently as part of Charleston's West Side Drug Market Intervention initiative, or DMI.

Saunders admitted to selling crack cocaine to confidential informants in July 2011.

All of the drug deals happened near Grant and Russell Streets in Charleston, authorities said.

The DMI initiative was launched in Charleston as a "strategic problem-solving effort aimed at closing down open-air drug markets that breed crimes of violence and disorder" in 2012.