Men face federal charges in meth case
HUNTINGTON - Two men appeared in a federal court in Huntington last week in a California-to-West Virginia meth conspiracy case.
Marquis Edward Henderson, 32, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and prohibited possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Henderson admitted he was responsible for the distribution of up to 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine during the conspiracy.
He faces a sentence of a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison at his March 18, 2019, sentencing.
His co-defendant, Rigoberto Fernandez Jr., 29, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was sentenced to serve five years in federal prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of meth.
According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, from February 2016 to June 2017, Henderson and others obtained quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from California to the Huntington and Cross Lanes, West Virginia, areas. Henderson admitted he and others used a residence and storage unit in Cross Lanes to store, prepare and distribute the drugs.
Henderson and others would distribute the drugs to customers in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties. Henderson employed others to distribute the drugs by providing large quantities of drugs on credit and receiving payment for the drugs after they were sold.
Fernandez allegedly helped Henderson and others distribute methamphetamine between March 10 and March 13, 2017, that was shipped from California to West Virginia. During that time frame, a confidential informant arranged to purchase a pound of the drug from a source in Huntington. The informant was instructed to transfer payment for the drugs to Fernandez in California and also provided Fernandez an address where the drugs were to be shipped.
After receiving the payment, Fernandez mailed the drugs from the U.S. Post Office in Carson, California, to the address provided by the informant. Agents there seized the package, which was found to contain more than 440 grams of methamphetamine. A forensic chemist later analyzed the methamphetamine and found it to be 98 percent pure, according to Stuart.
Agents executed search warrants at the Cross Lanes locations June 1, 2017, and seized multiple firearms, ammunition and over three kilograms of methamphetamine.