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Huntington Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington woman pled guilty today to a federal drug conspiracy charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Krystal Ewing, 31, entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging her with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

“Operation Free Market disrupted a significant heroin and fentanyl trafficking organization operating between Detroit and Huntington,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “My office is setting historic records in the number of prosecutions of drug dealers and poison peddlers.  We are working hard every day to shutter drug networks responsible for bringing these deadly drugs into our state.”

Ewing admitted that between December 2018 and May 2019 she conspired with other individuals to distribute heroin and fentanyl in Huntington, West Virginia.  Ewing admitted that she would travel to Detroit, Michigan to obtain heroin for George Lockhart for him to sell in Huntington. 

Ewing faces up to twenty years in federal prison when she is sentenced on January 13, 2020.

Operation Free Market was a long-term drug investigation in the Huntington area.  The investigation was the result of a joint effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West.  

The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.


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Updated September 30, 2019

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