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Two Charleston men each face up to 20 years in prison after admitting to federal drug charges.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Deandre D. Coleman, 22, pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine, while Jamaal D. Davis admitted to distribution of crack cocaine. The men appeared separately before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. in Charleston.

Both men were prosecuted as part of the Charleston area's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) initiative. They were designated members of the DMI A-list, which is made up of the most serious offenders identified in the initiative.

Goodwin said Coleman sold .52 grams of crack to a confidential information working in cooperation with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team in July.

Davis, 22, sold heroin to a police informant in June for $180. That deal took place on Roane Street in Charleston.

The Charleston Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, including MDENT, have conducted undercover operations and completed investigations culminating in federal charges being filed against 13 individuals.

The DMI initiative was launched in February 2012 by U.S. Attorney Booth 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 DMI initiative was announced last month in Charleston.