U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia
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June 18, 2015

Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Heroin Trafficking

HUNTINGTON, WV—A Detroit man who assisted in the sale of heroin in Huntington in 2013 and 2014 pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Ramone L. Wells, 20, entered a guilty plea in federal court in Huntington to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

From February of 2013 to December 8, 2014, Wells worked with multiple associates to distribute heroin in Huntington that had been transported from Detroit. Wells supervised street level heroin dealers in Huntington and collected cash proceeds from the heroin sales. Wells also sold heroin directly. Wells and his associates used multiple Huntington residences to store, prepare and distribute heroin, including a home at 403 Homestead Place.

On December 6, 2014, a United States Postal Inspector intercepted a package mailed to the Homestead Place address that contained approximately 230 grams of heroin. Agents delivered the package that day and after it was accepted, executed a search warrant at the residence. During the search, agents seized heroin, paraphernalia used to package and distribute heroin, cash, and four guns.

Wells faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 21, 2015.

The Huntington FBI Drug Task Force, United States Postal Service, West Virginia State Police and Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

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