Detroit man pleads guilty to heroin charge
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Christopher Jermaine Taylor, 29, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Taylor admitted that between the summer of 2012 to February 2014, he conspired with other individuals to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin in the Huntington, West Virginia area. Taylor said he and his co-conspirators arranged for the transportation of the heroin from Detroit to Huntington.
During the conspiracy, Taylor and the others utilized residences in Huntington as locations to distribute heroin. He stated they agreed to provide heroin to the residents’ occupants in exchange for utilizing them for the distributions.
Taylor leased an apartment in the 600 block of 22nd St. in Huntington in February 2013. In April 2013, Huntington Police Department officers seized around 23.6 grams of heroin and $7,380 from the apartment.
In February 2014, agents with the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Detroit. Agents located Taylor, and seized a firearm.
Taylor faces up to 40 years in federal prison, and a $5 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2015.
Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.
The case is being investigated by the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Adams is in charge of the prosecution.