NY man sentenced in federal obstruction drug case
HUNTINGTON — A New York man who helped obstruct a federal drug conspiracy case in 2017 was sentenced Thursday to serve just over a year in a federal prison in Huntington.
Kevin Fritz Lamerique, 34, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison after previously having entered his guilty plea to aiding and abetting an attempt to obstruct and impede an official proceeding, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.
From at least February 2016 to June 2017, members of the conspiracy obtained methamphetamine and heroin from California, which were mailed to the Huntington and Cross Lanes, West Virginia, areas for distribution in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties, according to a news release from Stuart’s office. During the investigation, agents executed multiple search warrants in Cabell and Kanawha counties and seized almost 10 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, along with multiple firearms and ammunition.
Lamerique admitted that after an indictment was returned in Huntington charging various members of the conspiracy, he contacted a charged defendant at the direction of another person. Lamerique delivered messages and instructions to the charged defendant and also arranged and participated in contacts between the charged defendant and the other person to aid the charged defendant’s evasion of arrest, according to the release.