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Project Huntington Update: Operation Saigon Sunset Defendant Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison for His Role in Federal Drug Conspiracy

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – An Operation Saigon Sunset defendant was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for his role in a federal drug conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Manget Peterson, also known as “Money,” 45, of Detroit, previously pled guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and a quantity of fentanyl. The investigation was the result of a joint effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West.  

“Significant drug dealer.  Significant sentence for his crimes,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Manget Peterson peddled poisons and wreaked havoc in the City of Huntington for far too long.  Our objective in implementing Project Huntington was to make the city safer by ridding city streets of dangerous drug dealers and holding them accountable.  Huntington is no doubt safer today as a result of our efforts.”

Peterson admitted that between August 2017 and April 2018 he conspired with individuals to distribute heroin and fentanyl in Huntington, West Virginia.  Peterson admitted that he obtained heroin from Willie Peterson, also known as “Chill,” in Detroit, Michigan to sell in Huntington and would send drug proceeds to Willie Peterson.  Peterson also admitted that between September 2017 and April 2018 he supplied Lonnie Berry, II with heroin to sell in exchange for money

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.


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Updated January 22, 2019

Drug Trafficking