Man found with carfentanil pleads

May 9, 2019

HUNTINGTON — An Ohio man pleaded guilty this week to possessing with intent to distribute over 196 grams of carfentanil.

Martel Trayvelle Easton, 21, of Akron, pleaded guilty Monday to the federal drug trafficking crime, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Carfentanil is a form of fentanyl but 100 times more powerful, and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

It is used as an elephant tranquilizer, and is commonly mixed with heroin and known on the street as “pink heroin.”

On Feb. 7, 2018, the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, along with members of the Huntington Police Department, served a search warrant at 1217 10th Ave. in Huntington after seeing drug traffic from that apartment, which was being used as a storage house for drugs.

Easton was in the apartment when law enforcement entered and ran out the back door while throwing cash. After a brief struggle, Easton was subdued and arrested. Law enforcement also seized approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine.

Easton faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life imprisonment when he is sentenced Aug. 12.