UPDATE: Columbus Man Sentenced on Federal Drugs and Firearms Charges

UPDATE 1/9/12 @ 11:20 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Troy Laron McKnight, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced Monday to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

McKnight pleaded guilty in September 2011. He admitted that on Sept. 30, 2010, he arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington to complete a prearranged drug transaction with an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

McKnight further admitted that he subsequently provided the undercover agent with a large cellophane bag which held 11 smaller cellophane bags that each contained crack cocaine. McKnight admitted that he sold the quantity of crack cocaine that weighed a total of 34 grams to the undercover agent in exchange for $2,035.

Also, on Dec. 13, 2010, following a series of telephone calls between the defendant and an undercover ATF agent, McKnight admitted that he and an associate arrived at the Smokin’ Aces store and sold two pistols to the agent in exchange for $375.

McKnight also admitted that he received $100 payment for arranging the firearms transaction. At the time the firearms transaction, the defendant had been convicted of two felony offenses in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County, Ohio.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/25/11
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Columbus deal made pleas in a federal court this week in connection with a major bust in Huntington by the ATF.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Troy McKnight, 31, pleaded guilty Tuesday to distribution of crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to a press release McKnight admitted that in September 2010, he arranged a drug transaction over the phone with undercover agents who were working at Smokin' Aces in Huntington. A short time later, McKnight arrived at the store and sold 11 cellophane bags, containing an eighth of an ounce of crack to the agent for $2,035 in cash.

In December 2010, McKnight sold two undercover agents a 9-mm pistol and a .22 caliber pistol. He received $375 in cash for the guns. McKnight also admitted that the agent gave him an additional $100 for arranging the transaction.

According to a press release, at the time of these transactions, McKnight had been convicted in the Court of Common Pleas, Franklin County, Ohio, of felony attempted robbery and possession of cocaine.

McKnight faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine when he is sentenced on October 17, 2011.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area. The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and assisted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Huntington Police Department, and various other law enforcement agencies. It was announced to the public in March after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.


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