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Huntington woman and Columbus man plead guilty to Federal heroin charges

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington woman and a Columbus man pleaded guilty today to federal drug charges, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Rhonda Gail Akers, 52, and Tyshawn Desmeon Davis, 28, each entered guilty pleas to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

On June 29, 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant at 1751 Buffington Avenue in Huntington after a confidential informant purchased heroin at the residence. Akers and Davis were both located inside the residence during the search. Davis was found in possession of approximately 30 grams of heroin. Agents also seized approximately 35 additional grams of heroin from various locations in the residence. Akers and Davis admitted to law enforcement that they had been involved in distributing heroin from the residence. 

Akers and Davis both face up to 20 years in federal prison when they are sentenced on November 7, 2016.

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

This prosecution is 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 August 8, 2016

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