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Sissonville Man Sentenced for Role in Meth Conspiracy

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Sissonville man was sentenced today to two years and six months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, Frederick Clyde Waite, 49, previously admitted that he participated in the conspiracy with multiple other individuals between July of 2019 and September of 2019.  Waite participated in the distribution of methamphetamine that was transported to West Virginia from Akron during the conspiracy. In addition to receiving three pounds methamphetamine on July 25, 2019, Waite admitted that he attempted to acquire additional methamphetamine in the Akron area which was to be transported to West Virginia.  After Waite negotiated the purchase of methamphetamine over the telephone, another individual traveled to Ohio to receive the drugs.  The individual was stopped returning to West Virginia and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized over 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine from the vehicle.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of multiple federal and local agencies. This joint investigation was spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Other agencies which participated and assisted in the investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the United States Marshals Service, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Charleston Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Akron, Ohio Police Department, and the Brecksville, Ohio Police Department.

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution..

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

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. 3:19-cr-000246.



Updated February 28, 2022

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