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HUNTINGTON — A New York man accused of participating in the distribution of methamphetamine across several counties in West Virginia was sentenced to 238 months in federal prison Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

Marquis Edward Henderson, 33, of Bronx, New York, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and prohibited possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

From at least February 2016 to June 2017, Henderson and others obtained quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from California, which were mailed to the Huntington and Cross Lanes areas in West Virginia. Henderson and others would then distribute the drugs to customers in Cabell, Putnam and Kanawha counties.

Henderson admitted that during the conspiracy, he and others utilized a residence and a storage unit in Cross Lanes to store, prepare and distribute drugs. Henderson also employed others to distribute drugs by providing large quantities of drugs on credit and receiving payment for the drugs after they were sold.

On June 1, 2017, agents executed search warrants at the residence and storage unit in Cross Lanes. During the search, agents seized multiple firearms, ammunition and over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine that was found to be 98 percent pure after testing by a forensic chemist.

Henderson was previously convicted of a felony offense and thus was prohibited from possessing firearms.

The investigation was carried out by the FBI Drug Task Force and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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