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Wood Co. Crack Cocaine Dealer Sentenced To Nearly 6 Years In Federal Prison

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

Task Force agents seized loaded and stolen firearms, cash and illegal drugs during investigation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –A Wood County man was sentenced today to almost six years in federal prison for his role in an illegal crack cocaine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Samuel Shae White, 26, was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  

White’s two co-defendants, Brandon Mykel Perdew, 21, and Sarah Nichole Miller, 21, both of Parkersburg, were previously sentenced earlier this year to 87 months and 70 months in federal prison, respectively.  Both defendants previously pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  

Perdew and Miller admitted that no later than the summer of 2011 until April 2012, they sold crack cocaine in and around Wood County, W.Va.  Perdew and Miller brought crack cocaine from Columbus to Parkersburg and provided it to other sellers, including Samuel White, to distribute in and around Parkersburg.  White took part in the conspiracy in January 2012.

On January 20, 2012, the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force used a confidential informant to purchase 1.09 grams of crack cocaine from Perdew.  On March 13, 2012, the Task Force used an informant to purchase 1.13 grams of crack cocaine from White.  Law enforcement agents also used an informant to buy crack cocaine from Perdew in April 2012.  All of the drug transactions took place at 1330 Staunton Avenue in Parkersburg. 

As part of the scheme, Miller rented the Staunton Avenue residence and knew that it would be used to store and sell crack cocaine. 

Also, on March 8, 2012, Miller drove White to a residence located on Hill Street in Parkersburg where White sold approximately 1.77 grams of crack cocaine to a police informant.  On April 18, 2012, officers observed Miller leave her Staunton Avenue residence in a 2003 Volkswagen Passat.  Officers executed a search warrant on the vehicle and seized approximately 59.4 grams of crack cocaine, two sets of digital scales, and a .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol that contained a loaded magazine with 12 rounds of ammunition.

Members of the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at the 113 Staunton Avenue residence and seized several items including a stolen .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle and a G&P WASR semiautomatic rifle.  Agents arrested Perdew and White at the time the search warrant was executed.  Officers found a door key to the Staunton Avenue residence and $1,005 cash on Perdew’s person at the time of the arrests. 

The sentences were imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

The investigation was conducted by the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

Updated January 7, 2015