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Mother and son plead guilty to Federal heroin charges

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A mother and son who sold heroin from their home in Culloden, West Virginia, in 2014 and 2015 entered guilty pleas today in federal court in Huntington to separate drug charges, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Toni Lynn Cremeans, 41, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin, and her son, Shawn Paul Cremeans, 24, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin.  

From January of 2014 to May of 2015, Toni Cremeans, her husband, Sanford Dale Cremeans, and their son, Shawn Cremeans, conspired to sell heroin from their residence at 2246 3rd Street in Culloden. During that time period, Toni Cremeans frequently transported heroin to their residence where she and others would prepare it for distribution.

On December 2, 2014, a confidential informant contacted Shawn Cremeans to arrange a heroin purchase. The informant traveled to the Cremeans’ residence and met with Shawn and Sanford Cremeans while they waited for Toni Cremeans to arrive with additional heroin. Once Toni Cremeans arrived, the informant paid Shawn Cremeans and received half a gram of heroin from Sanford Cremeans. Toni Cremeans also admitted that she met with an informant at her residence on December 9, 2014, and sold the informant half a gram of heroin. Both Toni and Shawn Cremeans admitted that they were responsible for distributing a total of between 80 and 100 grams of heroin.

Toni Cremeans faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced in federal court in Huntington on March 28, 2016. Shawn Cremeans also faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced in federal court in Huntington on March 7, 2016.

Sanford Cremeans previously pleaded guilty in October to distributing heroin and is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Huntington on January 25, 2016.

The Huntington FBI Drug Task Force and Cabell County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.

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.

Updated December 7, 2015

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