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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cleveland man convicted of heroin, cocaine trafficking

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – LeDon Gaither, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted of heroin and cocaine trafficking today in federal court, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Gaither engaged in a coordinated effort to transport heroin and cocaine across state lines from Cleveland, Ohio into Northern West Virginia. He then collaborated with other individuals to distribute and sell the drugs in Ohio and Marshall Counties.

Gaither pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, both HIDTA-funded initiatives, investigated.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016