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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Operation Second Wave Update: Montgomery Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Conspiracy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Montgomery woman pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Carol Lynn Belton, 61, was one of 14 defendants charged as a result of a long-term investigation known as “Second Wave,” which dismantled a poly-drug network operating in Kanawha and Fayette counties.

According to the plea agreement and statements made in court, Belton obtained methamphetamine from co-defendant Jason Terrell and sold it in Montgomery between January and August 2020.  She admitted to selling approximately seven ounces during her involvement in the conspiracy.

Belton faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 8, 2021.

Other defendants, including Jimmie Coleman, Sammy Joe Fragale, Sr., Sammy Joe Fragale II, Larry Martin, and Jason Terrell have pled guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Gregory Woods was sentenced to 184 months in federal prison on February 8, 2021.  Steven Matthew Bumpus, Roger Jarea Drake, Rashawn Akmed Miller, Craig Redman, Tonya Simerly, and Ronald Lee Thomas III are scheduled for trial on April 27, 2021.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force (CWVDTF), the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, the Charleston Police Department, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who led the investigation of Sammy Joe Fragale, Sr., and Sammy Joe Fragale II, who were also prosecuted as part of the Second Wave investigation. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided over the hearings.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case Nos. 2:20-cr-00153 (Woods) and 2:20-cr-00154 (Terrell et al).

 

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated March 18, 2021