HUNTINGTON W.Va. – A Huntington man caught with a large quantity of heroin was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison today, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jason Chinn, 44, previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
“By prosecuting opioid dealers like Chinn, we continue to make a notable positive impact in Huntington through Operation S.O.S.,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Every time we put a poison peddler behind bars, we disrupt the supply of opioids in the community.”
Chinn admitted that on May 8, 2018, officers executed a search warrant on his residence at 3001 5th Avenue in Huntington. Officers recovered 370 grams of heroin during the search and Chinn admitted that he planned on selling the heroin. As part of his plea agreement, Chinn also admitted that he participated with others in distribution of heroin for several years and that he was responsible for the distribution of up to 3 kilograms of the drug.
The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.
The case was prosecuted as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), an enforcement surge that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:19-cr-00202.