17 people indicted for role in Monongalia County drug distribution operation

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Eleven people were arrested Wednesday for their role in a drug distribution operation.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against 17 people from Michigan and West Virginia on charges involving heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and firearm distribution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The 72-count indictment alleges that the defendants conspired together to distribute heroin, oxycodone and cocaine in Monongalia County and elsewhere from the summer of 2017 to September 2018.

The following people were named in the indictment:

– Maurice Swift, 38, of Highland Park, Mich.

– Travon Evans, 26, of Detroit, Mich.

– Raymond Edison, 30, of Detroit, Mich.

– Daron Buford, 27, of Detroit, Mich.

– Darius Dunbar, 24, of Southfield, Mich.

– Geronda Wilson, 42, of Detroit, Mich.

– Marshawn Daggins, 34, of Southfield, Mich.

– Brian Kyle, 39, of Maidsville

– Carissa Moore, 27, of Morgantown

– Christopher Howard, 32, of Morgantown

– Haley Hunt, 25, of Morgantown 

– Daniel Payne, 31, of Morgantown

– Tina Hart, 40, of Granville

– Hamisi Mwawari, 44, of Morgantown

– Katina Sabatino, 25, of Morgantown

– Preston Smith, 24, of Morgantown

– Juan Holmes

Authorites are still searching for Buford, Holmes, Payne, Mwawari, Daggins and Smith.

“Today’s arrests are yet another example of the determined and consistent efforts of our drug task forces,” said United States Attorney Bill Powell. “I applaud the DEA, ATF, and the Mon Metro Drug Task Force on the hard work on this case, not only arresting those dealing from our state, but targeting out-of-state distributors who continue to plague our communities. We will never stop prosecuting those who sell poison on our streets.”

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