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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Sontez Desaun Lomax, 30, of Huntington, was sentenced today to 21 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of crack cocaine.  The defendant admitted that he met with an undercover ATF agent at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington and advised the agent that he could provide cocaine at a price of $1,300 per ounce.  Lomax further admitted that on September 9, 2010, he gave the undercover agent what he stated was two ounces in exchange for $2,600.  A subsequent laboratory test determined that the substance was in fact crack cocaine weighing 52.4 grams.     

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Josh Hanks handled the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area.  The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and assisted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Huntington Police Department, and various other law enforcement agencies.  It was announced to the public in March after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

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