Michigan man sentenced for role in a drug distribution operation in Monongalia County


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Date: January 31, 2020

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Maurice Swift, of Highland Park, Michigan, was sentenced today to 63 months incarceration for his involvement in a heroin, oxycodone, and cocaine distribution operation.

Swift pled guilty to one count of "Distribution of Heroin within 1000 feet of Protected Location" in March 2019. Swift admitted to selling heroin near West Virginia University in June 2017 in Monongalia County. Swift also pled guilty today to one count of "Money Laundering Conspiracy." Swift admitted to working with others to move money made from the drug distribution from the spring of 2017 to May 2018 in Monongalia County and elsewhere.

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations investigated, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Mon Metro Drug & Violent Crimes Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.