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A Detroit man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison after admitting he'd dealt heroin in Huntington.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports James Anthony Jones, 28, said he traveled to Huntington by bus with his girlfriend in November 2012 to deliver heroin. Once in West Virginia, Jones told her to hide the heroin inside her body but she stashed it under the seat of a taxi instead. Shortly after leaving the bus station, police stopped the taxi and seized the heroin.

As part of his plea agreement, Jones admitted that he'd helped distribute 528 grams of heroin to Huntington for resale for Zachary Merritt, also a Detroit resident and the source of the heroin transported by Jones. Merrit previously pleaded guilty to his role in the heroin trafficking and was sentenced to almost seven years in federal prison.

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Jonathan Kyle Masters, 30, of Huntington, has been sentenced to two years and nine months behind bars after admitting to illegal possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

In December 2012 police found a handgun in Masters’ car after he was caught shoplifting ammunition from Cabela’s in Charleston. Later, while searching his home, federal agents seized two more pistols, a shotgun, and numerous rounds of ammunition.

Masters had been convicted in 2007 in Wayne County of wanton endangerment and possession of a deadly weapon on premises of educational facilities, both felonies, and as a result cannot legally possess guns.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Huntington Police Department. Masters was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers, while Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon M. Frazier handled the prosecution.