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DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Kyohn Tyson-Moore, 29, of Detroit, was sentenced today to 124 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  Tyson-Moore pleaded guilty in July.  The defendant admitted that on approximately 10 different occasions, he sold quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, and oxycodone to undercover agents working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Each of the drug transactions took place at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington.  Specifically, on September 30, 2010, the defendant sold 109.2 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover ATF agent in exchange for $5,400. The defendant also admitted that on October 7, 2010, he sold approximately 42.3 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent in exchange for $2,350.  The following month, on November 9, 2010, the defendant sold approximately 30.1 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent in exchange for $1,550.     

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

This case was 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.

This case was also 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.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District. 

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