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Feds charge Putnam man in child porn case

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Federal prosecutors have asked for a plea hearing to be scheduled in hopes of resolving a child pornography case in Hurricane, W.Va.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed documents last week charging Taylor Reid Jones-Martin with possessing child pornography. The 21-year-old Hurricane man is charged with having possessed images and video that involved minors less than 12 years old.

Prosecutors filed the charge by way of criminal information, a method typically indicating the defendant has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to resolve the case without a grand jury indictment.

The following are other cases filed recently in U.S. District Court:

HEROIN: A four-count indictment charges Durrell Desean Lucas with conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and two counts of aiding and abetting such drug trafficking.

The conspiracy charge states Lucas, 40, participated with others from January 2013 to July 1 in the Huntington area. The aiding and abetting counts state he helped in two transactions occurring June 30 and July 1.

Those dates coincide with allegations in a criminal complaint filed in early July. Its affidavit stated investigators had received a tip in late June indicating Lucas was en route to Huntington with an undisclosed amount of heroin. After arriving, he was contacted by a confidential informant, who helped agents in arranging three undercover buys. Those eventually led to a raid in an apartment building in the 600 block of 9th Street, uncovering a substantial amount of heroin.

Lucas told officers his source of supply resides in Detroit. He also mentioned having worked with seven people to transport the heroin. He advised agents his participation is responsible for distributing 150 to 250 grams of heroin, or just more than a half pound.

FUEL THEFT: Prosecutors charged Matthew Todd Brock, 42, of Hurricane, with unauthorized use of a military gasoline card and theft of diesel fuel. The allegations date back to May 2012, less than two years after Brock was hired as a program manager at a West Virginia National Guard facility in Red House, W.Va.

Prosecutors filed a criminal information charging Brock used a military gasoline card numerous times to fuel vehicles belonging to himself and other family members. Such activity tallied more than $5,000 in fuel purchases between December 2012 and March 2013.

Separately, the prosecution's information charges Brock stole diesel fuel from the Red House facility and sold it to another person at a discounted rate. That continued from May 24, 2012, to March 28, 2013. Prosecutors estimate stolen diesel carried a value of more than $14,000, which included 196 gallons taken on Feb. 15, 2013, valued at $657.

No plea hearing has been scheduled, however the filing of a criminal information typically indicates the defendant has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to resolve the case without a grand jury indictment.

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