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Three admit to federal drug trafficking violations in Charleston area

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Three men, one of them from Florida, admitted to federal drug trafficking violations in the Charleston, WV area, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

  • Richard Milton Hudson Riggal, 44, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison plus an additional two years for violating his federal supervision agreement on a previous violation
  • Howard Leon Lykins, II, 49, of Charleston, was convicted of maintaining a residence for drug purposes and sentenced to nine years in federal prison.

When officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team searched the Lykins residence on Stone Acres Drive in July they discovered Riggal in the house. A search of his luggage revealed methamphetamine, digital scales, two pistols -- one of them stolen — plus $41,490 in cash.

Officers seized additional methamphetamine, firearms and cash from elsewhere in the Lykins' residence.

MDENT seized more than 900 grams of high-purity "ice" methamphetamine while executing a second search warrant at another Kanawha County residence. Riggall admitted transporting the heroin from Florida to West Virginia for distribution.

Riggall and Lykins admitted distributing roughly seven pounds of methamphetamine in the months leading up to July 2013.

Riggall had been previously convicted of several felonies, including burglary, grand theft, operation of a chop shop, and distribution of marijuana. In July 2013, when he was arrested on the drug conspiracy charge, Riggall was still on federal supervision for a 2006 conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Lykins had been previously convicted in 2007 in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

MDENT and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution, while sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

In an unrelated case:

  • Gregory Lindsey Jr, 22, of Detroit, has admitted to possession with intent to distribute oxymorphone pills, commonly known as “Opana,” in the Nitro area and faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert C. Chambers on Aug. 4.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the MDENT discovered Lindsey holding a gun when they searched a residence at 21A Bailes Drive, Nitro, in January.

Lindsey tried to flee, they said, but after a brief struggle was restrained and searched.

Officers reported finding two baggies containing the Opana in Lindsey's pockets along with $2,000 in cash. The gun, a semi-automatic pistol, was found under him.

MDENT investigated the case. U.S. Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.