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New charges filed in heroin conspiracy

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Federal prosecutors have charged an additional suspect in a heroin conspiracy now dating back to summer 2010.

The superseding indictment, returned earlier this month, charges Gary D. Easterling and Stevonna Shay Smith. It charges they conspired with others from summer 2010 to March 8, 2013, to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin in the Huntington area.

Easterling faces two additional counts of aiding and abetting. The first pertains to a Feb. 1, 2013, heroin distribution, while the other involved possessing the drug March 8, 2013, at a local residence. Both counts were alleged in the initial indictment returned in April.

Dejuan Roberto Eubanks, also charged in the first version of the indictment, already pleaded guilty to having aided and abetted Easterling in the Februrary offense.

Eubanks, 36, received a 2-year prison sentence. He had signed an agreement with prosecutors stating he assisted in selling 6.2 grams of heroin to an confidential informant for $750. It took place at an apartment in the 1000 block of 12th Avenue.

Authorities had located Easterling and Eubanks as they executed a search warrant March 8 in Huntington's 1400 block of 6th Avenue. It revealed approximately 70 grams of heroin and $3,200 cash, according to documents filed with the warrant. Eubanks told police the apartment was a "stash house" for heroin, according to a criminal complaint filed earlier in the case. It further charges Eubanks admitted to having traveled from Detroit to Huntington to sell heroin to users in the area.

Easterling, also known as "Gary Smith," told authorities the apartment was rented with a fictitious name. An account showed he had paid rent for the residence, the complaints state.

Federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss additional charges of conspiracy, distribution and aiding/abetting facing Eubanks in exchange for his admission.

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