Webster County man pleads guilty for role in methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Webster County man who was part of a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy pleaded guilty today to a federal drug crime, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Quinton Funk, 38, of Webster Springs, entered his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, which carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in federal prison.
Funk took part in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that transported significant quantities of crystal methamphetamine from Atlanta and sold it in West Virginia. Funk admitted that on January 4, 2017, he traveled to Atlanta with codefendants Jamie Harmon and Carl “Yogi” Clark to obtain over 500 grams of methamphetamine. He further admitted to bringing the drugs back to West Virginia and selling that methamphetamine. Later that month, Funk was arrested with approximately $28,000 in cash in his backpack, and a loaded Glock 22, .40 caliber pistol in his possession. That same day, officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team executed a search warrant at a hotel room where Funk was staying and found over 130 grams of methamphetamine, scales, baggies, and a gun. In February 2017, law enforcement arrested him again after he provided Christopher Carte, another codefendant, an ounce of methamphetamine to distribute. Officers recovered another $2,700 in cash from Funk when he was arrested. As part of his plea agreement, Funk also admitted to all the drug and gun crimes he was charged with in the indictment.
Funk faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on March 1, 2018.
Two defendants involved in this methamphetamine conspiracy have been sentenced to federal prison. Christopher Carte, of St. Albans, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Holly Doub, of South Charleston, was sentenced to five days in federal prison for aiding and abetting the distribution of methamphetamine.
Clark and Harmon both pleaded guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and each faces up to 20 years in federal prison when they are sentenced on December 18, 2017. Clark and Harmon have admitted they possessed approximately four kilograms of methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy.
The investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorneys Haley Bunn and Eric P. Bacaj are responsible for the prosecutions. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over the case.
These cases are 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 illegal drugs, including methamphetamine. 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 illegal drugs in communities across the Southern District.
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Updated December 5, 2017
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