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Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cross Lanes couple prosecuted for methamphetamine conspiracy

Husband sentenced to 12 years in prison; wife sentenced to over three years in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Cross Lanes man was sentenced today to 12 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine with his wife, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Matthew Little, 39, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine. Sherri Little, the wife of Matthew Little, was previously sentenced to three years and fourth months in prison for a federal drug charge.

Matthew Little admitted that from early 2014 until December 2014, he conspired to distribute methamphetamine with his wife, Sherri Little. Matthew Little further admitted that he and his wife would sell methamphetamine, either from their residence in Cross Lanes or at different locations throughout Cross Lanes. On September 9, 2014, Matthew Little told a confidential informant working with law enforcement to go to his home for a drug deal. Once the confidential informant arrived at the house, Sherri Little called her husband to confirm the details of the drug deal. After the conversation with her husband, Sherri Little sold methamphetamine to the confidential informant.

On December 11, 2014, Matthew Little was arrested and law enforcement recovered several bags of methamphetamine from his vehicle. Matthew Little also admitted that he possessed three guns that were located in a backpack containing additional methamphetamine found during a search of a vehicle registered to his wife.

The cases against Matthew and Sherri Little were investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. Assistant United States Attorney John J. Frail is in charge of the prosecution. United States
District Judge Thomas E. Johnston presided over these cases.

These cases are being 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 illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 13, 2017