Texas man pleads guilty in Houston to Morgantown drug ring

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A Texas man has admitted to his role in methamphetamine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin drug distribution operation in Morgantown, Acting United States Attorney Randolph Bernard announced.

Roderick Bradley, 31, of Houston, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting distribution of cocaine base. Bradley admitted to working with another to sell cocaine base, known as ‘crack,” in Monongalia County in June 2020.

Bradley faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

Bradley was one of 25 people indicted in October 2020 for their roles in a Texas to Morgantown drug operation.

Last month, three of Bradley’s co-defendants also pleaded guilty.

The FBI’s Northern West Virginia Drug Task Force in partnership with the Mon Metro Drug Task Force investigated the case. The task forces have members from the FBI; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; West Virginia State Police; Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Morgantown, WVU, Granville and Star City police departments. The investigation was also assisted by the following law enforcement partners: the Monongalia County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI in Houston; the Houston Police Department’s Multi Agency Gang Initiative; the United States Postal Inspection Service in Houston; and, the FBI and DEA in Los Angeles.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Aloi presided over the plea hearing.

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