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Task Forces

To enforce federal law, many major cases of the U.S. Attorney's Office work closely with the West Virginia State Police, local police departments, county sheriff’s offices, and drug task forces consisting of representatives of federal, state, and local law enforcement. These task forces are specifically intended to target a particular criminal activity, often in a particular geographical location. Below is a list of some key task forces that partner with the United States Attorney's Office. These task forces contribute greatly to the successful prosecution of federal crimes in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Appalachia HIDTA

(Kanawha, Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Mason, Wayne, Cabell, Braxton, Lewis, & Gilmer Counties)
WV Deputy Director: Kenny Burner
Phone: 304-757-0234

Central West Virginia Task Force

(Nicholas, Clay, Webster & Pocahontas Counties)
Address: 700 Main Street Suite 3
Summersville, WV 26651
Task Force Coordinator: Chris Kelly
Office: (304) 872-7880
Tipline: (304) 872-2491

The Central West Virginia Task Force partners with the Nicholas and Summersville County Sherriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police. They also utilize federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Natural Resources, and the United States Marshal Service to help ensure justice in the Southern District of West Virginia.

Charleston Anti-Gang Task Force

Task Force Coordinator: Hugh Mallett
Phone: 304-346-3232

Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force

Address: P.O. Box 371
Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901
Task Force Coordinator: John Alexander
Office: (304) 647-4856
Fax: (304) 647-4961

The Greenbrier County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional task force consisting of members from the West Virginia State Police and the Greenbrier County Sheriff's Department. The mission of the task force is to investigate drugs and violent crimes that occur in or near Greenbrier County.

Huntington Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force

(Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln & Mason Counties)
Task Force Coordinator: Matt Hoke
Phone: 304-733-3360

Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT)

(Kanawha & Putnam Counties)
Task Force Coordinator: Chuck Carpenter
Phone: 304-348-6814

Parkersburg Drug & Violent Crime Task Force

(Wood, Pleasants, Wirt, Ritchie & Jackson Counties)
Task Force Coordinator: Rick Woodyard
Phone: 304-485-1601

Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force

(Mercer, McDowell & Wyoming Counties)
Task Force Coordinator: Jose Centeno
Phone: 304-327-9487

TRIDENT Task Force

(Raleigh & Fayette Counties)
Address: P.O. Box 1997
Beaver, WV 25813
Task Force Coordinator: Ronnie Booker
Phone: (304) 253-4165

The Trilateral Drug Enforcement Network Team Task Force (TRIDENT) includes the Raleigh and Fayette County Sheriff’s Offices and is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). TRIDENT directs its primary law enforcement efforts in the following manner:

  • Covertly and overtly investigate drug activities, drug organizations, and violent crimes committed or furthered within the Task Force’s jurisdiction;
  • To gather and share intelligence data relating to illegal drug and violent crime activities within the Task Force’s jurisdiction;
  • To direct cases that will impact all levels of drug trafficking;
  • To promote law enforcement cooperation through multi-agency investigations.
  • U.S. Route 119 Drug Task Force

    (Logan, Lincoln & Boone Counties)
    Address: 735 Riverview Ave.
    Logan, WV 25601
    Task Force Coordinator: Jay Lester
    Phone: (304) 752-1347

    The U.S. 119 Task force is a drug and violent crime task force that assists agencies in investigating primarily murder cases. This task force works with the Logan Police Department, Logan and Boone County Deputy Sheriff Departments, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the West Virginia State Police Department. This task force assists the Drug Enforcment Administration in their investigations of some federal cases. Their jurisdiction covers Mingo, Logan, Boone, and Lincoln counties.

    West Virginia State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI)

    Officer in Charge: Lt. Dave Lemmon
    Phone: 304-766-2880

    Updated January 7, 2015

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