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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Project Parkersburg Update: Detroit Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Cocaine and Methamphetamine Trafficking

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a Detroit man was sentenced to federal prison for his role in a large-scale, multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy. Antoine Eltorio Terry, 43, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.    Terry was prosecuted as part of Project Parkersburg – a major takedown and dismantling of a poly-drug, multi-state drug trafficking organization (DTO).  

“10 years in federal prison.  Terry is the latest Project Parkersburg defendant to receive a lengthy prison sentence,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “He was arrested in Dayton, Ohio while waiting for a large drug shipment to arrive from Phoenix, Arizona. If not for the coordinated efforts of law enforcement to intercept the shipment, large amounts of cocaine and meth would have been sold on our streets.  Project Parkersburg truly bolstered the safety of our communities by shutting down this DTO.”

Terry previously pled guilty and admitted working with co-defendants to obtain a large shipment of controlled substances from Phoenix, Arizona to be delivered to Dayton, Ohio and ultimately distributed in West Virginia and Ohio.  Police intercepted that shipment in Dayton on September 19, 2018.  The shipment contained approximately 121 pounds of methamphetamine and 13.2 pounds of cocaine.  Terry was arrested nearby as he awaited the delivery of the shipment.  Terry admitted his role was to obtain and distribute the cocaine while others intended to distribute the methamphetamine.

Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Parkersburg Police Department, the Dayton (Ohio) Police Department, and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crime Task Force. The long-term, joint investigation resulted in at least 29 individuals being charged in federal and state court and the seizure of 121 pounds of ICE methamphetamine, six kilograms of cocaine, 217 grams of heroin and 478 grams of fentanyl.

Of the defendants charged in federal court, Terrence McGuirk, Todd Land, Jeffrey Hoyler, Nicholas Easton, T.J. Gibson, Edward Marks, Amy Rake, Marshall Polan, Troy Pastorino, Michael Holley, Colleen Moyle, and Amanda Atkinson have been sentenced. Aurelius Edmonds and Michael Rhodes await sentencing later this year. United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua Hanks and Jeremy Wolfe are handling 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 No. 2:20-cr-00036.

 

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 15, 2020