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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Four Defendants Sentenced for Roles in Federal Heroin Conspiracy

Comprehensive drug investigation resulted in convictions of nearly a dozen defendants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that four defendants implicated in a federal heroin conspiracy were sentenced today. 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.

“Heroin - a true scourge driven by greedy dealers and addicted buyers,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “If you are a drug dealer and we catch you, I will do all in my power to lock you away as long as possible. I have no sympathy whatsoever for a drug thug that ravages addicts and weakens the social fiber of our communities. This investigation was a great team effort and we are committed to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to lock up greedy drug dealers who prey on our citizens.”

Joseph Reeder-Shaw was sentenced to 144 months in prison and Marvin Brown, Jonathan White and Rachel Kuhn of Parkersburg were sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

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.

Debra Martin,  Ralph White,  Heather Wells, and Kennedy Walker,  all co-defendants involved in the same conspiracy as the four defendants sentenced today, will be sentenced on Monday.

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

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated August 23, 2018