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

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Huntington Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Kameron I. Ziegler, 23, of Huntington, pleaded guilty today to aiding and abetting the distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 6, 2022, Kilan Nicks, also known as “Low,” sold approximately 29 grams of methamphetamine and 3 grams of fentanyl to a confidential informant at a Roby Road residence in Huntington. Ziegler admitted to being at the residence and providing the methamphetamine to Nicks in advance of the sale to the informant.

Ziegler is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2023, and faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 year in prison, four years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine.

Nicks pleaded guilty on November 21, 2021, to distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and a quantity of fentanyl and to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Nicks is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6, 2023, and faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $5 million fine.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is prosecuting the case.

The investigation was part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the keystone of the Department of Justice’s drug reduction strategy. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking organizations, transnational criminal organizations, and money laundering organizations that present a significant threat to the public safety, economic, or national security of the United States.

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. 3:22-cr-118.





Drug Trafficking
Updated January 17, 2023