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September 21, 2015

Detroit Man Sentenced to Four Years for Role in Federal Heroin Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, WV—A Detroit man who assisted in the distribution of heroin in Huntington in 2013 and 2014 was sentenced today to four years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Ramone L. Wells, 20, previously pleaded guilty in June of 2015 to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

From February of 2013 to December 8, 2014, Wells assisted multiple co-conspirators in the sale of heroin transported from Detroit to Huntington. During the conspiracy, Wells supervised street level heroin dealers in Huntington and collected cash from drug sales. Wells also sold heroin he received from his co-conspirators.

Members of the conspiracy used multiple Huntington residences as locations where heroin was stored, prepared and distributed, including the residence located at 403 Homestead Place in Huntington. On December 6, 2014, a postal inspector with the United States Postal Service intercepted a package addressed for the residence containing approximately 230 grams of heroin. Agents delivered the package on December 8 and executed a search warrant at the residence after the package was accepted. During the search, agents seized heroin, drug paraphernalia, cash, and guns.

Multiple others have been convicted for their respective roles in the conspiracy including Paul A. Roberts, who pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for the distribution of heroin in March 2015, Pricilla Lee Dylan, who pleaded guilty to maintaining a residence for the distribution of heroin in August 2015, Dustin S. Barton, who pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in August 2015, Kenneth E. Baxter, who pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in August 2015, Coty S. Richardson, who pleaded guilty to attempting to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin in August 2015, and Sean L. Gist, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin earlier this month.

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 handled 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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