September 30, 2022

Wagit Mart

Reach Out And Touch Business

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 18 for Roles in Drug Trafficking Organization Running in Huntington | USAO-SDWV

About 47 Lbs of Fentanyl, 6.5 Lbs of Methamphetamine, 4.5 Lbs of Cocaine, 2 Pounds of Heroin, 14 Firearms and Far more Than $335,000 Seized

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After a lengthy investigation, 18 folks have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a drug trafficking business (DTO) working in Huntington. Seventeen of these individuals are charged with conspiracy to distribute a variety of medicine which includes fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, cocaine base (crack), oxycodone, and heroin.  Other costs in the indictment include the distribution and possession with intent to distribute many medicines and employing a telephone to facilitate a felony drug trafficking offense. The indictment was returned below seal on July 28, 2021 and unsealed right now following the arrest of 14 defendants.

Previously today, federal brokers and officers from different law enforcement companies executed arrest and search warrants in a lot of spots in and all around Huntington. Federal brokers also executed a search warrant very last 7 days in Columbus, Ohio, leading to the seizure of approximately 36 pounds of fentanyl and the arrest of Brayan Luces. 

The indictment alleges that Brayan Luces routinely supplied William Raeshaun Byrd of Huntington with significant quantities of fentanyl and cocaine.  The investigation disclosed that Byrd typically obtained multi-kilogram shipments of fentanyl and cocaine from Luces which were being transported from Columbus to Huntington by car.  Byrd equipped many individuals together with Christopher Leon Vest with fentanyl and cocaine.  Vest in switch provided Scott Lee Midkiff and Erica Antionette Kirker with fentanyl and methamphetamine.  Byrd, Vest, Midkiff, and Kirker all dispersed substantial portions of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine to other sellers in the Huntington region.  This DTO utilized a number of residences all over Huntington to keep and get ready several medicines for distribution.  Other individuals in the conspiracy distributed and or assisted in the distribution of methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, cocaine base (crack), oxycodone and heroin in the Huntington place and other spots in West Virginia.

“The tough get the job done and dedication of our legislation enforcement partners has led to the disruption of this unsafe DTO that was distributing massive quantities of illegal medicine in the Huntington space,” stated Performing United States Lawyer Lisa G. Johnston.  “I want to thank the FBI and our federal, point out, and nearby companions that conducted the prolonged investigation and the many legislation enforcement officers who assisted in today’s takedown. Our efforts in this circumstance really should reassure the folks of Huntington that we will continue to operate tirelessly to determine and prosecute drug dealers at all stages in order to maintain our communities harmless.”

“The suspects charged in this indictment made a organization out of providing hazardous, unlawful prescription drugs,” mentioned FBI Pittsburgh Special Agent in Cost Mike Nordwall. “Today’s arrests send the message that their company venture is more than. We will not tolerate brazen drug sellers working in basic perspective in close proximity to schools and in the local community we all call household. The FBI focuses on dismantling these types of criminal organizations from the leading down. I want the community in and all around the Huntington location to know we, together with our partners, are dedicated to producing it a safer location for all people.”

“The Cabell County Sheriff’s Division is very pleased to have participated in this lengthy-phrase drug investigation with the FBI and other federal, state and regional regulation enforcement organizations,” stated Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle.  “Through our collaborative attempts, we have removed lots of drug dealers from our streets, some of which have plagued our community for more than 10 years.”

All those charged incorporate:

William Raeshaun Byrd, 31, Huntington

Marvin Jerome Calvin, 40, Huntington

Mark Anthony Chandler, 30, Huntington

Kimberly Ann Combs, 44, Huntington

Robert Lamont Congleton, 41, Huntington

Reginald Jerome Hairston, 43, Huntington

Marcus Allen Johnson, 37, Huntington

Erica Antoinette Kirker, 34, Huntington

Brayan Luces, 24, Columbus, Ohio

Aaron Scott Midkiff, 36, Huntington

Edward Shane Midkiff, 34, Huntington

Scott Lee Midkiff, 35, Huntington

William Edward Nellons, Jr., 37, Huntington

Leonard Brandon Joe Rice, 34, Louisa, Kentucky

Dennis Wayne Snyder, 31, Hurricane

Ricky Lee Taylor, 57, Charleston

Christopher Leon Vest, 33, Huntington

Dillon Andrew Youthful, 28, Sissonville

The circumstance was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Southern West Virginia TOC-West Undertaking Drive consisting of the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office, the Hurricane Police Department, and the Marshall University Law enforcement Division, with assistance from the West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Violent Criminal offense and Drug Activity Pressure West.  The Ohio Highway Patrol, the Kentucky Point out Police, and the FBI and DEA in Columbus also assisted in the investigation. 

Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph F. Adams and Courtney L. Cremeans are prosecuting this situation for the authorities.

This prosecution is section of an Arranged Crime Drug Enforcement Job Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the optimum-stage drug traffickers, dollars launderers, gangs, and transnational prison corporations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-company approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and area regulation enforcement organizations against felony networks.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed harmless right up until demonstrated guilty over and above a affordable question in a courtroom of regulation.

A copy of this push release is positioned on the internet site of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court docket documents and information and facts can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:21-cr-00109.