Drug sweeps net first convicts
HUNTINGTON — Two men facing federal charges after Project Huntington efforts led to their arrests were the first to be convicted as a result of the project Wednesday, according to news releases from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.
Project Huntington is an effort announced by Stuart in March in response to the opioid epidemic and violent crime in southern West Virginia.
Terrell Redd, 43, and Christopher Brady, 47, pleaded guilty to various drug charges before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers on Wednesday.
Redd was arrested as part of Operation Saigon Sunset on April 17 in which more than 200 federal, state and local officers raided more than a dozen locations in Huntington as part of a sweep in West Virginia and Michigan that targeted 90 individuals involved in a multistate drug-trafficking ring.
He pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin with Charles Graves Jr. and Manget Peterson.
Peterson, who was also arrested during Operation Saigon Sunset, is suspected of leading the “Peterson Drug Trafficking Organization” alongside his brother, Willie, who Stuart called the “suppliers of the suppliers” of heroin and fentanyl in the Huntington area for more than 15 years.
As part of a plea agreement, Redd admitted to selling heroin to a confidential informant in February.
Redd faces 20 years in federal prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Taylor handled the prosecution.
In an unrelated case, Brady pleaded guilty to distributing crack cocaine and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was involved in the investigation.
According to Stuart, Brady sold 3 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant on Sept. 22, 2016, at his residence on 9th Street West. He later sold the informant an unregistered sawed-off shotgun for $160 on Jan. 12, 2017.
Brady admitted to selling the informant firearms three more times as part of his plea agreement, including two unregistered sawed-off shotguns and a .380 caliber pistol. He also admitted to being previously convicted in federal court of possession of an unregistered destructive device, a felony, which prohibited him from possessing firearms.
Brady faces 30 years in federal prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.
Both men will be sentenced Nov. 19.
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