Four individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Charleston on various illegal drug and firearm possession charges, according to United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.
According to a press release, "Gary Britt McFaddin also known as "James Grimm," 48, of St. Albans, W.Va., allegedly possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.
According to a separate indictment filed, Shawn Lester, 37, allegedly distributed oxycodone and cocaine from at least 2005 through March 2011 near Sissonville, W.Va.
Lester is the same man that's been charged in the 2003 sniper-style killings that terrorized the Charleston area. He's accused of killing Jeannie Patton, Okey Meadows and Gary Carrier Jr. in a series of sniper-style shootings. That trial is scheduled for the end of July.
According to a two-count indictment filed, Deshawn King, 33, of Columbus, OH, allegedly possessed a firearm on December 9, 2011 and on June 20, 2012, near Huntington, W.Va. King was convicted in May 2002 in the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio of felony aggravated robbery and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
According to a separate indictment filed, Alvin Leon Willis, 29, of Haven Park, Michigan was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute heroin. The two-count indictment alleges that on June 11, 2012, Willis possessed with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin near Huntington. Willis also allegedly possessed a loaded .32 caliber firearm that same day. Willis was convicted in September 2002 in the Third Circuit Court, Criminal Division in Detroit, Michigan of felony delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.
Willis, Lester and McFaddin each face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.
King faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The investigations were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Huntington Police Department, the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT). Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph F. Adams, Gregory McVey and Joshua Hanks are in charge of the prosecutions.
The McFaddin and Lester matters are being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs. The U.S. Attorney's Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.
The King and Willis matters are being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime."