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Detroit man sentenced for money laundering and drug trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Raymond Edison, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 72 months incarceration money laundering and drug distribution, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Edison, age 32, pled guilty to one count of “Money Laundering Conspiracy” last week. Edison admitted to working with others to move money made from the distribution of heroin from one person to another to aid in the illegal operation from the Spring of 2017 to May 2018 in Monongalia County and elsewhere.

In a separate but connected case, Edison pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 feet of Protected Location” in March 2019. Edison admitted to selling oxycodone near Suncrest Middle School in Monongalia County in October 2017.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations investigated the money laundering case.  The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, investigated the drug distribution case. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

Updated January 28, 2020

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