Department of Justice

BECKLEY — Two Mercer County residents were among eight defendants who were sentenced to federal prison and one defendant pleaded guilty this week for participating in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating between California and Raleigh County, the United States Attorney for southern West Virginia said Friday.

“As a result of Operation Shutdown Corner, 17 federal defendants now stand convicted and West Virginia families and communities are safer today,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “I commend our law enforcement partners at the federal, state and local levels for their tremendous work.”

Shaneka Black, 41, a California woman living in Princeton, was sentenced to 70 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, according to a press release from the United States Attorney. Black previously admitted that between June 2018 and Sept. 17, 2019, she participated in the drug trafficking network by assisting other members in collecting money owed for the drugs that were being distributed.

Finally, Black admitted that in or around September 2019, she arranged for a package to be delivered to West Virginia from California that contained approximately two pounds of methamphetamine.

Marika Davis, 38, of Bluefield, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine. Davis previously admitted that between February 2019 and August 9, 2019, she participated in the DTO by allowing drugs to be shipped to her home address at the request of other members of the DTO.

Davis also admitted that on Aug. 9, 2019, she was transporting a package that had been delivered to her house in Bluefield and was delivering it to another member of the DTO in Beckley, according to the United States Attorney. She further admitted that after picking up the other member of the DTO, a police officer pulled her over for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, officers found the package she was delivering and discovered that it contained approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. Through additional investigation, law enforcement officers were able to determine the package had been sent from California.

Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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