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A Huntington man who sold heroin to a police informant has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison, while a Detroit resident faces up to 40 years behind bars after admitting he was also part of the conspiracy.

Brandon S. Keaton, 28, had pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to distribute heroin in west Huntington, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

Goodwin said Keaton sold heroin to the informant in West Huntington, and then was observed entering an apartment located at 1416 Jefferson Avenue. Authorities raided that apartment in December, seizing roughly 413 grams of heroin and nearly $12,500 in cash.

Keaton, arrested in January, admitted he’d dealt drugs from the apartment for at least six months.

One of his co-conspirators, Steven Edward “Rico” Lewis, 27, pleaded guilty this week to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Lewis told Chief U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers he was recruited a year ago to travel between Detroit and Huntington, transporting heroin as well as the cash proceeds from the drug sales. He faces up to 40 years in prison at his sentencing, set for Oct. 14.

Also scheduled for sentencing in October in connection with the conspiracy are Christopher Lamarr-Shawn Harris, Jakaiser Wesley Jackson and Denzel Lamar Bunkley, all of Detroit.

Participating in the investigation were the Huntington Police Department Special Investigations Unit, West Virginia State Police, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals Service, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.