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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The latest person linked to a multi-state drug trafficking group was convicted Monday on charges related to methamphetamine distribution.

Leo Antoine Smith, 38, of Cross Lanes, was one of 17 people involved in the drugs organisation. According to US attorney Will Thompson, the scheme is linked to the distribution of 160 pounds of methamphetamine as well as fentanyl and other drugs from March 2019 to September 2021.

Kanawha County, state and federal agencies began investigating the operation in late 2020, noting that the primary focus of the group’s efforts were in Charleston, Rand and St. Albans.

“The conspirators operating in the St. Albans area obtained their drugs primarily from Louisville, Kentucky, and the Charleston-Rand area was supplied by Raymond Austin, of Atlanta, Georgia, and other dealers from Columbus, Ohio “Thompson said Monday.

A federal jury previously convicted Smith of conspiring to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine. US District Judge Joseph Goodwin handed down a sentence of 140 months in prison and three years of probation.

Thompson also noted that the investigation prevented a fatal drug overdose in St. Albans and a possible murder in the West Side community of Charleston in July 2021. The men – Treydan Leon Burks, Brian Dangelo Terry, James Edward Bennett III and Douglas Johnathan Wesley – abandoned their vehicle. in a Charleston parking lot when it became apparent that Charleston police were aware of the plan; the officers had converged on the area. Police found several firearms in the car.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized more than 12.3 pounds of methamphetamine, 34 firearms, more than $86,000 in cash and several vehicles, including three motorcycles.

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