Two men sentenced to federal prison

November 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON - Two Huntington men have been sentenced to federal prison time for their roles in the Peterson Drug Trafficking Organization, which was dismantled during a day of raids throughout Huntington in April.

Lawrence “Boog” Sykes Jr., 26, was sentenced to serve two years and nine months in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl. His co-defendant, Charles “Bo” Graves, 46, was sentenced to serve a year and six months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers oversaw both cases.

The men were two of about 30 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.

Sykes and Graves were two of 15 named in the Peterson DTO, a Detroit-to-Huntington “drug pipeline” in operation for 15 years, led by Manget and allegedly Willie Peterson.

As part of their peal deals, Sykes admitted between August 2017 and April 2018 he had conspired with Manget Peterson, the drug pipeline leader, to sell heroin throughout the Huntington area. He admitted to distributing approximately 28 grams of fentanyl to a confidential informant in November 2017.

Graves admitted that in January and February 2018 he conspired with Peterson to sell heroin in the Huntington area and that he had distributed heroin to a confidential informant in February 2018.

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