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Final Four Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Federal Heroin Conspiracy in Wood County

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The final four defendants implicated in a federal heroin conspiracy were sentenced today, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   Stuart commended the collaborative investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Parkersburg Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Police Departments of the cities of Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown.

“Teamwork. Partnership. Those two words define the cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement in identifying, arresting, and prosecuting heroin networks like the one that’s now ‘out of business’ in Wood County,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Drug thugs and drug traffickers are diabolical sinister forces that prey on the families and the social fabric of our communities.  We have a sense of urgency to take down every single drug network and lock up every single drug dealer as long as possible in the inn they deserve - a federal prison.” 

Debra Martin, Sirpritis Williams, and Kennedy Walker of Parkersburg were sentenced today to 96, 60, and 3 months in prison, respectively, for guilty pleas each previously entered for their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  Heather Wells received a sentence of probation for five years.

All four defendants previously admitted to their involvement with several other individuals in distributing heroin at various locations throughout the Parkersburg area. The group was responsible for distributing between one and three kilograms of heroin.

Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the prosecutions. The plea hearings were held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.


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Updated August 27, 2018

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