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

Monday, January 12, 2015

Huntington man pleads guilty to federal heroin charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Thomas Edward Hill, 40, of Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin.

On May 21, 2014, officers utilized a confidential informant to arrange a heroin transaction through Clarence Edward House II, also known as “Nitty.” The informant contacted House and negotiated the purchase of 7.5 grams of heroin in exchange for $800. House and Hill later met with the informant in House’s vehicle, where Hill distributed the heroin to the informant at House’s direction.

House pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution a quantity of heroin on Dec. 8, 2014.

Hill faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13, 2015.

Chief United States District Judge Robert. C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Adams is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is 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 prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 13, 2015