CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clay County man convicted on drug charges this week is headed to prison, in part as a result of the work done by two state troopers killed in the line of duty last year.
Raymond Hersman, 47, of Wallback, faces at least 20 years in prison after a federal jury sitting in Charleston convicted him on Thursday of methamphetamine distribution. He was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
"This is perhaps the last investigation on which the late Trooper Eric Workman and the late Corporal Marshall Bailey worked," said U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin in a press release. The two law enforcement officers were shot and killed in the line of duty following a traffic stop near Clay County in late August 2012.
"The work of these heroes paid off yet again with another bad guy behind bars. It's also worth noting that this is National Police Week -- a time to honor all of our men and women in uniform for their sacrifices and to honor those who, like Corporal Bailey and Trooper Workman, made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe," Goodwin said.
On Sept. 22, 2012, Hersman possessed and intended to distribute approximately 400 grams of actual methamphetamine near Gauley Bridge in Fayette County, according to evidence shown at Hersman's trial.
Law enforcement agents began investigating Hersman's suspected meth distribution scheme in and around Clay County in August 2012.
At the time, agents were aided in the investigation by West Virginia State Troopers Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman. Troopers Bailey and Workman, both of whom patrolled the Clay County area, provided essential details to fellow law enforcement agents that outlined Hersman's methamphetamine operation in August 2012, according to the news release from Goodwin's office.
The information provided by Bailey and Workman assisted the investigation and culminated with the conviction of Hersman yesterday.
Hersman was previously 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.He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison when U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentences him Aug. 21.