California man sentenced to federal prison for methamphetamine charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A California man caught receiving a shipment of crystal methamphetamine in Huntington earlier this year was sentenced today to three years and a month in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Christian Duran, 34, of San Jose, previously pleaded guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. 


Thirty-three charged with oxycodone distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Thirty-three individuals have been charged in a 129-count federal indictment as a result of an investigation spanning two states and four North Central West Virginia counties, according to Acting United States Attorney Betsy Steinfeld Jividen.

Indictments were unsealed today alleging that a group of individuals from Michigan and West Virginia conspired with one another to operate an oxycodone distribution operation in the region.


Police seize $10,000 worth of crystal meth, arrest three men

Officers from the Beckley-Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit arrested three men Monday on drug charges, including one from South Carolina, following investigations at two local motels and a house in Beckley.

Police also seized around $10,000 worth of "crystal meth," a methamphetamine, five guns, heroin, marijuana, $5,000 in cash and a Jeep Patriot allegedly used to transport drugs, Raleigh Sheriff's Chief Detective J.C. Canaday reported Wednesday.


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Beckley man admits guilt in cross-country drug conspiracy

A Beckley man admitted his involvement Tuesday in a California-to-West Virginia drug conspiracy.

Velarian Sylvester Carter, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in federal court in Beckley, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney Carol Casto’s office.

He faces at least 10 years and up to life in federal prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 13.