Butler County man pleads guilty to drug and gun violations stemming from 2022 traffic stop

A Butler County man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to drug and gun charges.

The Department of Justice says Durrell Fortson, 45, of Seven Fields, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a quantity of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in connection with this drug trafficking crime.

According to the plea, in November 2022, a drug K9 alerted officers to the presence of controlled substances during a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Fortson. After obtaining a search warrant, police found two one-gallon bags of cocaine, two-kilogram packages containing cocaine residue, a digital scale and a loaded .40 caliber handgun that had been reported stolen .

Fortson will be sentenced in June. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or both, for drug trafficking. He faces life in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both, on the gun charge.

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