Man linked to ‘Saigon Sunset’ sentenced for role in heroin scheme

April 3, 2019

HUNTINGTON — An Ohio man caught with heroin in August 2017 was sentenced Monday to 24 months in prison for his role in a federal drug conspiracy charge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Eric Brown, also known as “Eddie,” 47, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart linked Brown to “Operation Saigon Sunset,” a “major takedown” of those trafficking heroin and fentanyl in the Huntington region that occurred in April 2018.

Brown admitted that he worked with Willie Peterson, also known as “Chill,” and Manget Peterson, also known as “Money,” to distribute heroin in Huntington — specifically, from the Ramada Inn Motel — in August 2017. Officers executed a search warrant on the motel room and seized approximately 35 grams of heroin.

The investigation was the result of a joint effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.