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Defendants sentenced for drug offenses

May 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Two defendants involved in drug offenses last year in Huntington were sentenced Monday in federal court, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Marquan Charles Williams, 27, was sentenced to 67 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin. In a separate prosecution, Krista N. Ramey, 25, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to distributing methamphet-amine.

In the Williams prosecution, officers with the Huntington Police Department were conducting surveillance at the Greyhound bus station in Huntington on May 23, 2018, when they saw Williams and another individual arrive on a bus from Detroit. Officers then saw Williams and the other individual enter a residence on West 7th Avenue in Huntington. The other individual was then seen leaving the residence and entering a vehicle, which was stopped by officers. During the traffic stop, officers recovered a bag containing over 100 grams of fentanyl.

Officers subsequently executed a search warrant at the West 7th Avenue residence. When they entered, they found Williams in the kitchen processing and bagging an additional quantity of fentanyl, which he admitted that he intended to sell. Williams further admitted as part of his plea agreement that he directed the other individual to take the fentanyl seized during the traffic stop to a local motel to store it for later distribution.

In the Ramey prosecution, a confidential informant contacted Ramey on Aug. 17, 2018, to arrange the purchase of meth-amphetamine. The informant then traveled to Ramey’s residence on South High Street in Huntington where she distributed methamphetamine to the informant.

As part of her plea, Ramey admitted she also distributed methamphetamine to the informant Aug. 20, 2018, and that investigators seized four firearms during a search of her residence Aug. 23, 2018.