A Detroit man has pleaded guilty for his role in distributing heroin in 2013 and 2014 in southern and central Ohio. Anthony D. Latham, 25, entered a guilty plea to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to United States Attorney Carol Casto.
The case is that between January 2013 and July 2014, Latham admitted that he conspired with other individuals to distribute heroin in the Point Pleasant area of Mason County. Casto said he further admitted that during the course of the conspiracy, he and others would frequently transport heroin from Columbus and Chillicothe to a residence in Gallipolis, where they would store and prepare it for distribution. She said Latham also admitted that members of the conspiracy would then distribute the heroin to customers in Gallipolis and to customers traveling from Point Pleasant. Caston said Latham additionally admitted that he and others also frequently traveled to Point Pleasant, where they used various residences to conduct distributions and that he was responsible for distributing up to 700 grams of heroin during the conspiracy.
Latham faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 30, 2017.
The Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, which includes the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Gallia-Meigs County, Ohio, Major Crimes Task Force, conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
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