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Fayett County man sentenced to Prison for drug conspiracy

Douglas L. Utt
Douglas L. Utt(Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:22 PM EST
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - Following a traffic stop, a Fayette County man was found with controlled substances in the car.

Douglas L. Utt, 47, was sentenced to ten years in prison for drug conspiracy, Utt pled guilty in October 2021.

According to the Fayette County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Utt was convicted in Braxton County in 2020 of another drug related felony and he is currently serving a sentence of one to five years on the Braxton County conviction.

The judge ordered Utt’s sentence be served consecutively to the Braxton County sentence. Utt must serve a minimum of two and a half years on the Fayette County conviction before being eligible for parole.

On January 21, 2020, Corporal C.M. Tomlin of the Fayette Count Sheriff’s Department was on routine patrol on Route 19 when he noticed a white, Ford Focus being driven erratically and had a windshield obstruction.

Corporal Tomlin conducted a traffic stop and after approaching the drivers window, the driver, Garry C. Garvin, appeared nervous and provided evasive answers to Corporal Tomlin’s questions. After allowing Corporal Tomlin to search the car, it was revealed that they had multiple controlled substances that they had purchased in the car with them.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, after further investigating, it was determined that the two men had traveled from Braxton County to Beckley, West Virginia to purchase controlled substances for sale in Braxton County.

Following his indictment, Garry C. Garvin passed away resulting in a dismissal of the charges against Garvin.

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