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September 28, 2015

Huntington Man Sentenced to Three and Half Years for Role in Federal Heroin Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, WV—A Huntington man who participated in a heroin distribution scheme in 2013 was sentenced today to 40 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Domenico Chianesi II, 35, previously pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington in December of 2014 to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

From at least February of 2013 to August 21, 2013, Chianesi and others conspired to distribute heroin in the Huntington area. Chianesi permitted others to transport heroin from Detroit, Michigan to his residence located at 208 8th Avenue in Huntington where the heroin was stored and prepared for distribution. Chianesi also sold heroin at the direction of others and transferred drug proceeds to the organization leaders by using various financial services companies. On August 21, 2013, agents executed a search warrant at Chianesi’s residence where they seized over 130 grams of heroin and over $10,000 in cash.

The Huntington FBI Drug Task Force and Huntington Police Department 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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