CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Chicago man was sentenced today to nine years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in a multi-state conspiracy responsible for distributing methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances in the Parkersburg area.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Carlo Lee Ramsey, 56, supplied co-defendants Era Dawn Corder and Ambera Roberts with methamphetamine that they re-distributed between June and September 2021. Ramsey was supplied with methamphetamine by Robert Sanders, Jr., and was supplied with cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances by Floyd Dermonta Ramsey. Carlo Ramsey supplied all these substances to several customers in the Parkersburg area for several months.
Carlo Ramsey previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Co-defendants Corder, Roberts, Sanders, Floyd Ramsey, and Matthew Edward Depew previously pleaded guilty to felony charges in United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia as a result of a nearly year-long investigation dubbed “Long Time Coming.” Depew was sentenced to five years in prison, Floyd Ramsey and Corder were each sentenced to three years in prison, and Roberts was sentenced to one year and six months in prison. Sanders is awaiting sentencing. The investigation also resulted in more than a dozen arrests on state criminal complaints in Wood County.
United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the excellent investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force (PNTF), the Parkersburg Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Vienna Police Department, the Williamstown Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Boyd County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Department, the Russell, Kentucky, Police Department and the Raceland, Kentucky, Police Department
Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe prosecuted the case.
The investigation was part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the keystone of the Department of Justice’s drug reduction strategy. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking organizations, transnational criminal organizations, and money laundering organizations that present a significant threat to the public safety, economic, or national security of the United States.
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. 2:21-cr-163.