Two Ohio men were sentenced on Monday for selling drugs near playgrounds in West Virginia.
Shannon Jerome Hinton, 25, of Cleveland was sentenced to over six years in prison for selling heroin in August 2014 near Clark Field Playground in Hancock County. In June, he pled guilty to one count of “aiding and abetting the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location.”
Hinton was discovered selling heroin after an investigation led by the Hancock, Brooke, Weirton Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which is a HIDTA-funded initiative. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration in Youngstown also assisted in the investigation.
Edward Allen, 28, of Bridgeport was also sentenced on Monday to over three years in prison. He was discovered in possession of crack cocaine in February 2015 near Bridge Park, a playground located on Wheeling Island. In May, Allen pled guilty to one count of “possession with intent to distribute cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a protected location.” The investigation was led by the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative.