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Akron Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – An Akron, Ohio man pled guilty to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl in Huntington last year, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Anton Marcel Jeffries, 25, pled guilty in federal court in Huntington.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Huntington Violent Crime & Drug Task Force and the Huntington Police Department.

“Akron has become a particular problem point for West Virginia.  We don’t need Akron exporting their problems to our district.   More must be done to keep Akron troublemakers in Akron,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “A city that once exported tires, from the Rubber Capital of the world, is now exporting drugs to West Virginia and other great places.  It needs to end.  Jeffries had 108 grams of meth, 25 grams of heroin and 12 grams of fentanyl.  We’re working with our law enforcement partners to get Akron drug dealers out of here and send them to federal prison.”

Jeffries admitted that on September 19, 2018, in an apartment residence at 917 9th Ave. in Huntington, he possessed multiple plastic baggies of what was purported to be methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl.  After forensic testing, the substances possessed by Jeffries were determined to be approximately 108 grams of methamphetamine, 25 grams of heroin, and 12 grams of fentanyl. 

Jeffries faces a minimum mandatory 5 years in prison with a maximum of 40 years when sentenced on December 2, 2019.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan A. Keefe and Monica D. Coleman are handling the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a focused enforcement effort that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas. 

Updated August 27, 2019

Drug Trafficking