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Two Detroit, Michigan men have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to deal heroin in the Huntington, West Virginia area.

Daniel M. Flowers, 44, was sentenced to 40 months behind bars and Cecil Rice, 34, to 22 months. Both appeared before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said between August 2008 and April 2013, members of the drug ring conspired to transport heroin from Detroit to Huntington, storing, where they stored, prepared and distributed the drug at multiple residences.

In April 2013 Flowers sold heroin to a confidential informant at an apartment in the 1000 block of 12 th Avenue in Huntington for $150.

The FBI Huntington Violent Crimes Drug Task Force and Huntington Police conducted the investigation.

Rice was sentenced for his role in helping to distribute heroin shipped from Detroit to Huntington.

Rice pleaded guilty in May to possession with intent to distribute heroin, admitted to the court that had helped transport heroin, cocaine base and oxycodone from Detroit to Huntington over the same five-year period. Like Flowers, Rice and his co-conspirators used various residences in the Huntington area to store, prepare and distribute the illegal drugs.

Rice was taken into custody in September after leaving a motel on 16 th Street in Huntington. He had two packs of heroin, which he'd intended to sell, concealed in his mouth at the time of his arrest. Police found more heroin and cocaine base in his hotel room when they searched it.

The FBI Huntington Violent Crimes Drug Task Force and the Huntington Police Department investigated Rice's case, with assistance from the Cabell County Sheriff's Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams prosecuted both cases.

In other cases, Goodwin said Mack Brooks, age 41, also of Detroit, was sentenced to the maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiring to distribute illegal drugs.

Brooks had been convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, highly addictive pain medications, following a three-day jury trial in July 2013.

During the course of the conspiracy, which spanned more than two years, Brooks, while incarcerated in Ohio for a previous drug conviction, arranged the delivery of prescription pills from Detroit to West Virginia.

Testimony taken at trial established that Brooks and his organization were responsible for distributing over $1 million worth of illegal pills in southern West Virginia. His sentence will run consecutive to the sentence Brooks is serving in Ohio.