Operation Smoke and Mirrors Update: Kanawha County Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Charleston woman who took part in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in 2019 was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison and four years of supervised release. Kathryn Elizabeth Casto, 35, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Casto admitted that, between April and September of 2019, she conspired with multiple individuals to distribute methamphetamine. During the conspiracy, Casto repeatedly obtained quantities of methamphetamine which were transported from Akron, Ohio to various locations in West Virginia. Casto would in turn supply other drug dealers with methamphetamine that would be sold in the Huntington and Charleston areas. Casto admitted that she was aware some of her customers intended to distribute the methamphetamine she provided.
Acting United States Attorney Lisa G. Johnston made the announcement and commended the joint investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the 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 imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:19-cr-00245.