Three indicted locally in Midwest drug trafficking pipeline
HUNTINGTON -- A two-year investigation into a suspected Midwest drug trafficking organization has led to a federal indictment against three people in Huntington.
The eight-count indictment, unsealed Tuesday, charges alleged ringleader Bobby Nelson Gulley, his girlfriend Helen Louise Adkins and associate Alanna Lynn Mattison with having conspired to distribute heroin from January to mid-August in Huntington.
It all stems from a lengthy investigation that tracked Gulley out of state and led to an apartment building in the 500 block of 14th Street West. Federal agents raided two units at the complex Aug. 15 and uncovered large amounts of heroin, prescription pills and suspected marijuana, according to inventory returns filed in federal court.
Other counts of the indictment link each defendant with individual heroin deals, along with an allegation Gulley and Mattison possessed heroin and pills when authorities searched the two West Huntington apartments. Mattison also is charged with having maintained one of the units for the purpose of storing and distributing heroin.
The indictment, returned Sept. 10, was unsealed Tuesday with news of Adkins' arrest in Huntington. She appeared before a federal magistrate, before being released on a $10,00 bond, according to court filings.
Gulley remains incarcerated at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky. No arrest documents have been filed for Mattison.
Federal agents had been investigating Gulley's link to possible drug activity for more than two years, but not until last month's search was the case publicly acknowledged.
A search warrant affidavit tracks the investigation back to a June 21, 2011, traffic stop along Interstate 75 near South Rockwood, Mich., which is about 27 miles south of Detroit. Federal agents found Gulley and a Barboursville man in the vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia and $21,000 cash.
Agents again encountered Gulley on Oct. 10, 2012, at a Greyhound bus station in downtown Huntington. The affidavits state Gulley had arrived at the terminal minutes before the departure of his bus bound for the Midwest. That led to authorities finding $9,500 cash in Gulley's shoe.
Gulley told authorities the $21,000 amounted gambling winnings, while the $9,500 was money he saved cutting hair. In both instances, the affidavits note a positive hit when the money was sniffed by a K-9.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's local task force, a partnership with the Huntington Police Department, then developed an informant in January 2013. Two undercover heroin deals followed Jan. 18 and Jan. 28, dates which coincide with aiding and abetting distribution counts now facing Gulley and Adkins.
The indictment further charges Gulley independently distributed heroin on two other occasions, Feb. 1 and Aug. 13. The February transaction involved the informant exchanging an iPad for an undisclosed amount of heroin. The Aug. 13 buy later formed a basis for Gulley's arrest.
Mattison and Gulley are additionally charged in aiding and abetting each other in another heroin deal Aug. 14.
A day later, the indictment charges, they aided and abetted each other in possessing heroin and oxycodone with an intent to distribute, which coincides with the Aug. 15 apartment searches. The raids uncovered nearly 150 grams of heroin, 100 grams of suspected marijuana and more than 1,140 pills, according to search warrant returns.
The defendants' relationships are detailed in filed affidavits that supported last month's search warrants.
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