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4 drug dealers sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to separate offenses

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A 35-year-old Michigan man involved in a drug distribution scheme was sentenced today to three years and 10 months in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Leonard Joseph Stewart, of Romulus, MI, previously pleaded guilty in Huntington to conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine and possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to deliver.

Stewart admitted he'd transported heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, and the prescription drugs hydrocodone and alprazolam, also known as "Xanax," from Michigan to Huntington to sell. After arriving in Huntington, Stewart and his associates rented rooms at Huntington-area motels where they prepared and distributed the illegal drugs.

Goodwin said when the Huntington Violent Crimes & Drug Task Force raided his room at the Best Western in Huntington in December 2012, Stewart tried to elude them by diving through a second-story window. He was arrested a short time later with crack and heroin in his possession. Police also seized more than 46 grams of heroin, Xanax, digital scales and more than $4,000 in cash during the search of his hotel room.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the task force, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handling the prosecution.

In other cases:


  • Putnam County residents Michelle Craig, 34, and James Barnett, 44, were sentenced to federal prison for dealing painkillers in the Nitro area. Craig was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison, while Bennett must serve two years.


The pair pleaded guilty in August to aiding and abetting each other in the illegal distribution of oxycodone, admitting they'd sold 100 pills to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team for $2,300. The deal took place in August 2013 in a gas station parking lot.

Goodwin said also seized another 66 pills from their car and 188 pills from the home they shared in Putnam County, West Virginia.


  • Jesus Alvarado-Aboyte, 31, of Mexico was sentenced to four years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.


Goodwin said authorities found roughly 104 pounds of marijuana, more than $26,000 in cash, a .40-caliber pistol, a bullet proof vest, digital scales and packaging material when they raised Alvarado-Aboyte's residence on Avery Street in Parkersburg in March 2013.

He said Alvarado-Aboyte waived his Miranda rights and admitted that he had been distributing marijuana in and around Parkersburg for several months.

Police also seized a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 2004 Ford F150 pickup truck, and a 2002 Mercedes Benz C240 which Alvarado-Aboyte acknowledged were purchased with drug money or used to facilitate drug offenses, Goodwin said.

Parkersburg Police, the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force, and Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks overseeing his prosecution.