HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man that federal prosecutors called a drug gang enforcer has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Kamel Auntae Burris, 31, was sentenced Monday for using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Huntington.
In November of 2013, Burris, who was wearing a mask, robbed a known drug dealer at gun point. The robbery occurred at the drug dealer’s apartment on 10th Street in Huntington.
Prosecutors said the case arose out of a joint law enforcement investigation of Kenneth Dewitt Newman and his organization for the distribution of illegal drugs in the Huntington area.
They said Newman’s organization was responsible for the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, prescription pills, MDMA (a street drug akin to Ecstasy) and marijuana.
The investigation led to the indictment of 15 people, including Burris, for their various roles in the conspiracy. Burris was described as an enforcer for the Newman organization.