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Press Release

Huntington Man Sentenced to Prison for Fentanyl Crime

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Benjamin Jack Reed, 42, of Huntington, was sentenced today to two years and eight months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 29, 2022, Reed and Jermaine Lee Smith, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, sold approximately 27 grams of fentanyl to a confidential informant in a Huntington parking lot.

Smith pleaded guilty on July 6, 2023, to aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on October 10, 2023.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor prosecuted the case.

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-211.



Updated July 10, 2023

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