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Two men sentenced for roles in drug trafficking

November 23, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Two more defendants in “Operation Saigon Sunset,” a series of raids on the Huntington and Detroit areas in April, have been sentenced to prison in connection with their roles in the Peterson drug trafficking organization, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

Stuart praised the joint investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force.

“Bringing an end to the Peterson drug network which had been operating in Huntington for some time signaled change and hope in Huntington,” Stuart said. “We will protect every community throughout southern West Virginia by eradicating drug dealers that prey on our good citizens.”

Luther Peterson, also known as “Mook,” 24, from Detroit, was caught selling heroin in October 2017 and later pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Peterson was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

Peterson admitted that between October 2017 and April 2018 he conspired with Willie Peterson and Manget Peterson to sell heroin in the Huntington area. As part of the plea agreement, Peterson admitted to distributing heroin to a confidential informant in October 2017.

Terrell Redd, 43, of Huntington, was caught selling heroin in February 2018, and pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Redd admitted that in January and February 2018 he conspired with Manget Peterson and Charles Graves Jr. to sell heroin in the Huntington area. As part of the plea agreement, Redd admitted to distributing heroin to a confidential informant in February 2018.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecutions, while U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentences.

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