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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Two Plead Guilty for Roles in Akron to Huntington Meth Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a Huntington woman and Akron man who participated in a conspiracy that saw large quantities of methamphetamine shipped from Akron and sold in Huntington pled guilty today.  Niki Renee Maynard, 49, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and Robert Von Wilson, 24, entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

“100% pure meth from Akron,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “These two defendants were distributing significant amounts of deadly meth in the Huntington area. Now they each face significant prison sentences for their crimes.”

Maynard admitted that between the fall of 2018 and September of 2019, she participated in a conspiracy with multiple individuals to distribute methamphetamine in the Huntington area.  During the conspiracy, Maynard repeatedly obtained quantities of methamphetamine which were transported from Akron to Huntington.  Maynard relied on multiple individuals from Akron to deliver the methamphetamine to her and Maynard would in turn distribute the methamphetamine to various customers in Huntington.  Maynard also admitted that she permitted others to sell methamphetamine from her residence located at 1223 26th Street in Huntington and that she was responsible for distributing up to 500 grams of methamphetamine during the conspiracy.    

Wilson admitted that he was present at 1235 25th Street on June 6, 2019, when investigators executed a search warrant at the residence.  During the search, investigators seized over 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine.  Wilson admitted that he possessed the methamphetamine and intended to distribute it in the Huntington area.  The methamphetamine was later examined by a chemist and determined to be 100% pure.   

Maynard faces 5 to 40 years in federal prison and Wilson faces 10 years to life in federal prison when sentenced on January 19, 2021. 

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 presided over the hearings.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is 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. 3:19-cr-00245.

 

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated October 13, 2020