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

Monday, April 4, 2016

Huntington man pleads guilty to Federal heroin charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man who participated in a heroin distribution conspiracy in 2012 and 2013 pleaded guilty today in federal court, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Edwin G. Simpson, 45, entered a guilty plea to maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing and using heroin.

Between November 2012 and March 2013, Simpson was the tenant of an apartment at 1231 10th Avenue in Huntington. During that period, Simpson allowed others to store heroin at his apartment after it was transported from Detroit. Simpson also allowed others to distribute heroin from his apartment to various customers. 

On March 8, 2013, agents with the Huntington FBI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Simpson’s apartment. During the search, agents seized heroin, a .32 caliber revolver, ammunition, and other items associated with the sale of heroin.

Multiple defendants have been convicted of drug offenses as a result of this investigation. Those sentenced to federal prison include Kenneth E. Baxter, who was sentenced to seven years and three months; Coty S. Richardson, who was sentenced to five years and ten months; Sean L. Gist, who was sentenced to five years and three months; Ramone L. Wells, who was sentenced to four years; Pricilla Lee Dylan, who was sentenced to two years and nine months; and Dustin S. Barton, who was sentenced to a year and a day. Paul A. Roberts, Jr., was sentenced to five years of probation for assisting the group in securing a residence to conduct drug deals. Warren G. Howard was also sentenced to five years of probation for distributing heroin. 

The Huntington FBI Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is responsible for the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 4, 2016