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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ohio man sentenced to 10 years for heroin, cocaine trafficking

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – LeDon Gaither, 38, of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for heroin and cocaine trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Gaither participated in a drug trafficking operation in which heroin and cocaine were transported across state lines from Cleveland, Ohio into Northern West Virginia. The drugs were then distributed and sold in Ohio and Marshall Counties in West Virginia.

Gaither pled guilty in May 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Schedule I and Schedule II Controlled Substances.”

Another participant in the drug trafficking operation, Charles Kraft, 33, of Wheeling, was sentenced today to four months in prison. He pled guilty in March 2015 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Heroin.”

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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated January 8, 2016