Two more sentenced in Peterson drug operation case

December 5, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — Two more people who participated in a Detroit-to-Huntington drug pipeline shut down earlier this year as part of Project Huntington were sentenced in federal court Monday.

David “John” Miller, 26, was sentenced to serve seven and a half years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

As part of his plea, Miller admitted between August 2017 and April 2018 he was part of the so-called Peterson Drug Trade Operation. He conspired with Willie “Chill” and Manget “Money” Peterson, the pipleline’s leader, to distribute heroin and fentanyl throughout Huntington.

Miller admitted in March 2018 he traveled to Detroit, Michigan, and purchased fentanyl and cocaine. However, the task was thwarted when Michigan State Police conducted a traffic stop on Miller and recovered 195 grams of fentanyl and 27 grams of cocaine. Miller admitted he had intended to transport the substances to Huntington to sell.

His co-defendant Ashley Pardue, 33, who was caught with heroin, was sentenced to time served. She had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Pardue admitted she had sold heroin in January 2018 at a store in the 3300 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington.

The defendants were two of 30 Peterson drug trade operation members targeted April 17 as part of Operation Saigon Sunset, during which law enforcement from multiple agencies targeted more than 90 individuals suspected in a years-long drug ring in West Virginia and Michigan.

Although the April raid was meant to be a quiet operation, 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.

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