One thing law enforcement deeply frowns on, as they should, is dealing drugs in the vicinity of a school. That’s why a Huntington drug dealer residing in close proximity to Marshall University was sentenced Tuesday to three years and a month for a heroin crime. Derrick Linwood Thomas, 25, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a university.
United States Attorney Carol Casto said on March 21, 2016, officers with the Huntington Police Department executed a search warrant at 213 19th Street in Huntington. Casto said Thomas admitted that was his residence and that it was located within 1,000 feet of Marshall University. Officers said they found Thomas in the residence and seized over 15 grams of heroin from him. Officers also seized four additional bags of heroin weighing approximately 2 grams, $950 in cash that included $70 in marked currency from a previous controlled drug purchase, a .32 caliber pistol, and a shotgun. Thomas was arrested and Casto said he admitted that he had been distributing heroin in the Huntington area.
The investigation was conducted by the Huntington Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution and Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.
The prosecution was brought as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.