HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two men who participated in a multi-state methamphetamine conspiracy entered guilty pleas in federal court. Dennis Deire Mosley, Jr., 35, of Akron, Ohio, and Frederick Clyde Waite, 49, of Sissonville, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to court documents, Mosley admitted that he participated in the conspiracy during the month of July 2019. Mosley admitted that he and another individual made arrangements to acquire methamphetamine in the Columbus, Ohio area. On July 24, 2019, Mosley and the other individual traveled from Akron to Columbus and acquired at least three pounds of methamphetamine. The other individual then delivered the methamphetamine to Waite in Sissonville the next day. Mosley admitted that he knew the methamphetamine would be distributed in the Southern District of West Virginia when he helped acquire it.
Waite admitted that he participated in the conspiracy between July of 2019 and September of 2019. In addition to receiving three pounds methamphetamine on July 25, 2019, Waite admitted that he also attempted to acquire additional methamphetamine in the Akron area. After Waite negotiated the purchase of methamphetamine over the telephone, another individual traveled to Ohio to receive the drugs. The individual was stopped during the return trip to West Virginia and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol seized over 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine from the vehicle.
Waite and Mosley each face a minimum mandatory of 10 years and up to life in federal prison when they are sentenced on January 31 and February 7, 2022, respectively.
United States Attorney William S. Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Other agencies that participated and assisted in the investigation include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Violent Crime and Drug Task Force West, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT), the West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the United States Marshals Service, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Charleston Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Akron, Ohio Police Department, and the Brecksville, Ohio Police Department.
United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearings. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution.
This prosecution 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.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:19-cr-00024.