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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 1, 2016

Huntington woman pleads guilty to Federal heroin charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington woman pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Misty Renee Wentz, 38, entered her guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

On September 1, 2015, Wentz was approached and interviewed by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Huntington. While speaking with agents, Wentz admitted that she was concealing heroin on her person. Wentz then provided the heroin to agents and admitted that she possessed the heroin for distribution. Wentz further admitted that she had conspired with multiple other individuals over the previous year to distribute up to 3 kilograms of heroin that was transported to the Huntington area from Detroit. 

Wentz faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on October 31, 2016.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

This prosecution was brought 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated August 1, 2016