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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Three Wood County defendants plead guilty for roles in federal heroin conspiracy

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Three Wood County defendants pleaded guilty today for their roles in a heroin conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jonathan “Mohawk” Brown, 36, and Sir Pritis Williams, 28, both of Parkersburg, entered their guilty pleas to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Kennedy Michele Walker, 23, of Vienna, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin. U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the collaborative investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Parkersburg Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, and the Police Departments of the cities of Parkersburg, Vienna, and Williamstown.

 

Brown and Williams admitted their respective involvement with several other individuals in distributing heroin at various locations throughout the Parkersburg area. In addition, Brown and Williams admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant working with the Parkersburg Drug Task Force and the FBI on numerous occasions between November 2016 and May 2017. Both men further admitted to distributing between 100 and 400 grams of heroin during the course of the conspiracy. Brown and Williams face at least five and up to 40 years in federal prison when they are sentenced on April 26, 2018.

 

Walker admitted that on March 20, 2017, she provided heroin to another individual, who then sold it to a confidential informant working with the Parkersburg Drug Task Force. The drug deal took place in the area of 17th and Briant Streets in Parkersburg. Walker faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on April 26, 2018.

 

Three codefendants involved in the same conspiracy, Joseph Reeder-Shaw, Bernard Spann, and Debra Martin, have previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, and face at least five and up to 40 years in federal prison. Reeder-Shaw and Spann are scheduled to be sentenced on April 19, 2018. Martin is scheduled to be sentenced on April 5, 2018.

 

Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearings were held before United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

 

This drug conspiracy is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Updated January 30, 2018