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Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, May 6, 2019

Two Defendants Sentenced in Federal Court for Drug Offenses

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two defendants involved in drug offenses last year in Huntington were sentenced today in federal court, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Marquan Charles Williams, 27, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin.  In a separate prosecution, Krista N. Ramey, 25, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to distributing methamphetamine.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the FBI Drug Task Force, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and the Huntington Police Department.

“If you are a drug dealer -- regardless of whether it’s fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, or any other illegal drug -- and we find you, we will prosecute you and put you behind bars for as long as possible,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

In the Williams prosecution, officers with the Huntington Police Department were conducting surveillance at the Greyhound bus station in Huntington on May 23, 2018, when they observed Williams and another individual arrive on a bus from Detroit.  Officers continued to conduct surveillance and observed Williams and the other individual enter a residence on West 7th Avenue in Huntington.  The other individual was then seen leaving the residence and entering a vehicle which was stopped by officers.  During the traffic stop, officers recovered a bag containing over 100 grams of fentanyl. 

Officers subsequently executed a search warrant at the West 7th Avenue residence.  When officers entered, they located Williams in the kitchen processing and bagging an additional quantity of fentanyl which Williams admitted that he intended to sell.  Williams further admitted as part of his plea agreement that he directed the other individual to take the fentanyl seized during the traffic stop to a local motel to store it for later distribution.

In the Ramey prosecution, a confidential informant contacted Ramey on August 17, 2018, to arrange the purchase of methamphetamine.  The informant then traveled to Ramey’s residence on South High Street in Huntington where Ramey distributed methamphetamine to the informant.  As part of her plea, Ramey admitted that she also distributed methamphetamine to the informant on August 20, 2018, and that investigators seized four firearms during a search of her residence on August 23, 2018. 

Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecutions.  The sentences were imposed by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.


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Updated May 6, 2019