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Michigan man and Monongalia County man sentenced for their roles in a drug distribution operation in Monongalia County

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two men were sentenced today for their involvement in a heroin, oxycodone, and cocaine distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Daron Buford, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 18 months incarceration. Buford, age 28, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin” in March 2019. Buford admitted to selling heroin in July 2017 in Monongalia County.

Brian Kyle, of Maidsville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 27 months incarceration. Kyle, age 40, pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility” in March 2019. Kyle admitted to using a phone to further a drug distribution operation in April 2018 in Monongalia County. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. 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 United States Marshal Service assisted.

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 July 17, 2019

Drug Trafficking