A Clay County man convicted of running a drug pipeline that brought methamphetamine from North Carolina into West Virginia has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin describes Raymond Hersman, 47, of Wallback, as "a significant" meth dealer in and around the Clay County area, adding that, "today, instead of peddling poison, he's going to prison."
Hersman was convicted in May of selling methamphetamine following a three-day trial. He was sentenced Dec. 13 by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.
Goodwin said the investigation was perhaps the last involving West Virginia State Troopers Eric Workman and Marshall Bailey.
He said law enforcement agents began investigating the meth network in and around Clay County in August 2012. Goodwin said they were aided in the investigation by Bailey, a corporal, and Trooper Workman, who he said provided essential details which outlined Hersman's methamphetamine operation. He said that information assisted in the investigation, which culminated with Hersman's conviction.
Bailey and Workman were shot and killed in the line of duty following a traffic stop near Clay County in late August 2012.
"The people of Clay County and of West Virginia are safer because of the brave and skilled work of these two dedicated officers," Goodwin said
Hersman had been convicted in April 1993 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The West Virginia State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team led the investigation, with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Monica D. Coleman and John Frail handling the prosecution.