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A Charleston man has admitted to distributing crack cocaine on Charleston's West Side, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says.
William Edward Richmond, 31, pleaded guilty to selling crack to a police informant on June 7 near the intersection of Park and Central avenues.
He faces up to 20 years in prison, Goodwin said, and his sentencing is set for March 27.
Richmond is being prosecuted as part of the Charleston area's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) initiative, launched in February 2012 by Goodwin and Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster in collaboration with other federal, state, local law enforcement agencies and leaders representing several West Side community development organizations. A continuation of the program recently was announced in Charleston.
Over the past several months, the Charleston Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have conducted undercover operations and completed investigations culminating in federal charges being filed against thirteen individuals.  
Richmond was designated as a member of the DMI A-list, which comprises the most serious offenders identified in the initiative.
The Charleston Police Department Special Enforcement Unit conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.