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April 13, 2015

Huntington Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Distributing Heroin

HUNTINGTON, WV—A Huntington man who distributed heroin in May of 2014 was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Thomas Edward Hill, 41, previously pleaded guilty in January of 2015 to distributing heroin.

On May 21, 2014, officers using a confidential informant (CI), arranged a drug deal with Clarence Edward House II, also known as “Nitty.” The informant contacted House and negotiated the purchase of 7.5 grams of heroin in exchange for $800. Thereafter, House and Hill met with the CI in House’s vehicle where Hill distributed the heroin to the CI at House’s direction.

The FBI Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.

This case was 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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