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Northern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wetzel County Heroin Suppliers Indicted

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-7725 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

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Pipeline from Pittsburgh Disrupted by Federal Indictment

WHEELING, WV – A Pittsburgh man who was supplying large amounts of heroin to Wetzel County has been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II.

Damon Rashad Reese, also known as “Mac”, age 25, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been charged with “Conspiracy to Distribute More than 100 Grams of Heroin” between January and May of 2013. Reese is also charged with two counts of “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Heroin.”

In addition to Reese, two others were indicted as part of the same investigation. Kimberly Lynn Nelson, age 30, and Matthew Scott Hedrick, age 32, both of New Martinsville, also face the felony charge of “Conspiracy to Distribute More than 100 Grams of Heroin”, along with a separate count of “Aiding & Abetting the Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin.”

It is alleged that Nelson and Hedrick traveled regularly to Pittsburgh to acquire heroin from
Reese and then returned to Wetzel County to redistribute the drug.

Each of the defendants face a sentence of 5 to 40 years in prison. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of each defendant.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randolph J. Bernard and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Reese, Nelson, and Hedrick are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated January 7, 2015