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Another member of Culloden heroin-dealing family sentenced on Federal drug charge

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Culloden man who assisted his parents in selling heroin from their home in 2014 and 2015 was sentenced today to five years of probation, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Shawn Paul Cremeans, 24, previously pleaded guilty in December 2015 to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.

From early 2014 to May 2015, Sanford Dale Cremeans and his wife, Toni Cremeans, along with their son, Shawn Cremeans, conspired to sell heroin from their residence at 2246 3rd Street in Culloden. On December 2, 2014, a confidential informant working with law enforcement contacted Shawn Cremeans to arrange a heroin purchase. The informant traveled to the Cremeans’ residence and met with Shawn and Sanford Cremeans while they waited for Toni Cremeans to arrive with additional heroin. Once Toni Cremeans arrived, the informant paid Shawn Cremeans and received the heroin from Sanford Cremeans. Both Toni and Shawn Cremeans admitted that they were responsible for distributing up to 100 grams of heroin during the conspiracy. Sanford Cremeans admitted that he assisted in the sale of heroin from the family residence on numerous other occasions and was responsible for the distribution of up to 100 grams of heroin.

Sanford Cremeans was sentenced in January 2016 to three and a half years in federal prison. Toni Cremeans previously pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin and faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on March 28, 2016. 

The Huntington FBI Drug Task Force and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation of these cases. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecutions. Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. 

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated March 7, 2016

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