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Project Huntington Update: Final Operation Saigon Sunset Defendant Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  Nyanzangusa Baldwin, also known as “Botch,” 45, from Michigan, pled guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Baldwin, who was  caught with heroin in August 2017, entered his guilty plea to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin.   Operation Saigon Sunset was a joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West.  

“Baldwin is the last of the 15 defendants indicted as a result of Operation Saigon Sunset to plead guilty,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “I want to commend the team involved in the investigation and prosecution of this case.   An exemplary job was done by all involved.  The conviction of the 15 defendants indicted in this case dismantled a significant drug trafficking network and substantially advanced our efforts to takeback the streets of Huntington.”

Baldwin admitted Manget Peterson asked him to come to Huntington in August 2017 to distribute heroin.  He admitted that he distributed heroin from the Ramada Inn Motel in Huntington, West Virginia in August 2017.  Officers executed a search warrant on the motel room and seized approximately 35 grams of heroin.   

Baldwin faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on May 20, 2019.

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 January 28, 2019

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