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Detroit man admits to dealing heroin in Huntington

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A Detroit man admitted in federal court in Huntington to a single count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Authorities in December found 18 individually wrapped plastic bags containing a substance that field-tested positive for heroin, along with a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a set of digital scales when they raided a residence at 917 21st St., Huntington, where Alton Tribble, 37, stored heroin for resale, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.

Tribble faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine at his sentencing, which is set for July 14.

In other cases:


  • Richard Hughes, 54, of St. Albans, was sentenced in Huntington to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.


Goodwin said Hughes admitted in January he got the marijuana from Robin Slater, a large-scale marijuana trafficker, and then sold it throughout the southern district of West Virginia. He said Hughes made significant profits from the operation and had forfeited roughly $77,000 in cash and several thousand dollars' worth of vehicles and equipment that he admitted were proceeds of drug distribution.

Slater has admitted to several federal charges, including conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The West Virginia State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn handled the prosecution.


  • Kristie Dorado, 29, of Charleston admitted in federal court in Charleston that she'd pawned her ex-husband's pistol, making her a felon in possession of a firearm.


Goodwin said Dorado pawned a Glock Model 23, .40 caliber pistol at a Charleston shop. Convicted in Kanawha County Circuit Court of first degree robbery in February 2009, Dorado was prohibited from possessing a gun.

She faces up to 10 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on July 16.

The Marmet Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.


  • DeMarco D. Calvin, 31, of Barboursville, was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in December to dealing heroin.


Calvin admitted that he sold several hundred grams of heroin in the Barboursville area over the past few years, Goodwin said.

His case as investigated by the Huntington Violent Crime/Drug Task Force, which is comprised of officers from the FBI, Cabell County Sheriff's Department, and the Huntington and Barboursville Police Departments. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon M. Frazier handled the prosecution.


  • Amy Shantel Hatfield, 37, of Williamson pleaded guilty in federal court in Huntington to obtain prescription drugs by fraud and was sentenced to three years and six months of probation, Goodwin said.


Hatfield admitted to obtaining lisdexamfetamine and amphetamine, dangerous and addictive prescription drugs, by filling fraudulent prescriptions written for someone else between June and August 2012.

Her case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.