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Mercer County men admit to drug trafficking

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Three Mercer County men have pleaded guilty in Bluefield to federal drug charges.

*Steven Eugene Champ, 41, of Matoaka, admitted to selling two hydromorphone pills to a person cooperating with police in September 2012 near Princeton.  U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Champ admitted to having sold a total of 1,710 hydromorphone pills between July 2011 and February 2013.

*Elijah Abdul Jones, 36, of Bluefield, admitted to selling .72 grams of cocaine base to a person cooperating with police in Bluefield in July. Jones told the court he'd sold a total of 14 grams of cocaine base as well as a small quantity of heroin, Goodwin said.

*Michael Devon Harmon, 37, of Princeton, admitted he sold two hydromorphone pills to a person cooperating with police in July in Princeton. He also told the court he sold two additional hydromorphone pills as well as small quantities of cocaine base and cocaine that same month.

Each of the men faces up to 20 years in prison as well as a million dollar fine at sentencing, set for Sept. 22 before Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber. Their cases were investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John File.