Chicago man sentenced to prison in multi-state drug conspiracy

CHARLESTON — A Chicago man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a multi-state drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana in Parkersburg and elsewhere, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Aug. 31, 2021, Floyd Dermonta Ramsey, 42, was riding in a vehicle while in possession of 98 pills containing fentanyl, just over 68 grams of cocaine and approximately 3 pounds of marijuana that he intended to distribute to others. The vehicle was pulled over in Parkersburg by a trooper with the West Virginia State Police, who searched the vehicle and seized the controlled substances, United States Attorney Will Thompson said.

Ramsey was delivering the drugs to the residence of co-defendant Carlo Ramsey as part of a months-long conspiracy to distribute various controlled substances in Parkersburg, Thompson said. Months of surveillance by law enforcement officers established that Floyd Ramsey was a supplier of various controlled substances to the conspiracy, which he would regularly transport or arrange to have transported by others into the Parkersburg area from Chicago, Thompson said.

Floyd Ramsey pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and marijuana and has a long criminal history that now includes six felony convictions, Thompson said.

Wednesday’s sentencing is the latest result from a nearly year-long investigation dubbed Long Time Coming. Co-defendants Carlo Ramsey, Era Dawn Corder, Ambera Roberts, Matthew Edward Depew and Robert Sanders Jr., previously pleaded guilty to felony charges in federal court in West Virginia.

Roberts was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Depew was sentenced to five years in prison. All other defendants are awaiting sentencing. The investigation also resulted in more than a dozen arrests on state criminal complaints in Wood County.

Thompson commended the investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, the Parkersburg Police Department, West Virginia State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Vienna Police Department, the Williamstown Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Boyd County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Department, the Russell (Ky.) Police Department and the Raceland (Ky.) Police Department.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe prosecuted the case.

The investigation was part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the keystone of the Department of Justice’s drug reduction strategy.


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