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Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Federal Meth Conspiracy

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man pled guilty today in federal court for his role in a conspiracy that involved large quantities of methamphetamine which were transported from Akron and sold in West Virginia,  announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Brad Acy Holley, 39, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  

“Holley was responsible for distributing up to 5 kilos of meth in our communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “He and his co-conspirators were bringing in tremendous amounts of meth from Akron and peddling it throughout the District.  We owe a debt of gratitude to our law enforcement partners that shuttered this drug trafficking organization.”

Holley admitted that between the Fall of 2018, and September of 2019, he participated in a conspiracy with multiple individuals to distribute methamphetamine in the Southern District of West Virginia.  During the conspiracy, Holley pooled money with another individual to obtain large quantities of methamphetamine which he and the other individual would then distribute.  Holley also began obtaining methamphetamine himself which was transported from Akron and sold in multiple cities in West Virginia including Huntington and Charleston.  Holley admitted that he was supplied methamphetamine on a regular basis and that he was aware some of the customers to whom he distributed methamphetamine intended to further distribute the drug across the district.  As part of his plea, Holley admitted that he was responsible for distributing up to 5 kilograms of methamphetamine during the conspiracy.    

Holley faces 10 years to life in prison when sentenced on April 27, 2020.

This joint investigation was spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Other agencies which participated and assisted in the investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Ona Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the United States Marshals Service, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Charleston Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Akron, Ohio Police Department, and the Brecksville, Ohio Police Department.  United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution.


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Updated January 22, 2020

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