Huntington man sentenced to prison
HUNTINGTON - A Huntington man was sentenced to serve more than three years in prison for his role in a Huntington-to-Detroit drug pipeline that ended after a day of raids in Huntington earlier this year.
Lonnie Berry II, 43, was sentenced to serve 3 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday. He had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.
As part of his plea, Berry admitted that between October 2017 and April 2018 he conspired with Willie Peterson, also known as “Chill,” and Manget Peterson, also known as “Money,” to distribute heroin in Huntington. Berry admitted that he sold heroin for Manget Peterson on a daily basis in Huntington.
The men were named in a 15-person federal indictment charging them in the drug conspiracy, which police estimated had lasted about 15 years prior to it being disbanded April 17 when hundreds of federal, state and local police officers raided dozens of locations throughout Huntington.
Many Huntington residents awoke that morning to the sounds of helicopters and airplanes hovering above the city in the early morning hours and throughout the afternoon as police searched for about 100 suspects.
The day of raids, dubbed “Operation Saigon Sunset,” was part of Project Huntington, an initiative started by local U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in response to an uptick in drug and criminal activity throughout the city.