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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Boone County heroin dealer sentenced to federal prison for drug crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Boone County man was sentenced today to a year and nine months in federal prison for a heroin crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Robert Donavan Buzzard, 42, of Bloomingrose, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin.

Buzzard admitted that on two occasions in January 2016, he sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deals took place in Bloomingrose and Seth in Boone County.

Other defendants who have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing as a result of this investigation include Daymeon Johnson of Detroit, and Joyce Ann Zornes and Gregory Runion, both of Boone County. Another codefendant, Christopher Priestley, of Boone County, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for distribution of heroin.

The U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence and is presiding over these cases.

This case was brought 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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated January 19, 2017