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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Ohio Heroin Dealer To Serve Federal Prison Sentence

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An Ohio man who twice sold heroin to an informant in Parkersburg, West Virginia was sentenced today to serve a year and a half in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Keith Irons, 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, previously pleaded guilty in April of 2014 to distribution of heroin.  On October 3 and 6, 2013, investigators from the Aggressive Crimes Enforcement (ACE) Task Force in Parkersburg used an informant to purchase $2,950.00 worth of heroin from Irons.

The investigation of Irons was part of a larger effort by ACE and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force (PNTF) to dismantle a large heroin distribution ring involving individuals from Chicago, Illinois and Marion, Ohio.  Irons is one of six individuals prosecuted in federal court as a part of the investigation. 

This case was investigated by the ACE and the PNTF.   Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

The 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 January 7, 2015