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Two sentenced for drug distribution in Kanawha Valley

Two people are headed to federal prison for their role in a major drug trafficking operation in...
Two people are headed to federal prison for their role in a major drug trafficking operation in the Kanawha Valley.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 9:55 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Two people are headed to federal prison for their role in a major drug trafficking operation.

Larry Martin, 31, of St. Albans, will spend 12 years behind bars.

That is for distributing 10 pounds of meth and 60 pounds of marijuana to users and dealers in the Kanawha Valley, according to information from the U.S. Attorney’s office of southern West Virginia.

He also admitted to recruiting a postal worker to deliver drug packages to him that were sent to homes along the carrier’s route.

Carol Belton, 62, of Montgomery, will spend a little more than a year in prison for delivering seven ounces of meth in her community.

At least a dozen other people have pleaded guilty in connection with this particular drug ring as a part of “Operation Second Wave.” The U.S. Attorney’s office of southern West Virginia describes it as “a long-term investigation of a drug trafficking ring involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and THC products.”

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