Suspect admits to mailing heroin
A Michigan man who admitted he mailed more than $38,000 worth of heroin to drug dealers in Huntington faces up to 40 years in federal prison.
Zachery Jose Merritt, 30, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin Tuesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Merritt, also known as "Zane," mailed heroin to associates in Huntington from September 2012 to June 2013. The drugs were later sold in and around the area for $125 a gram, according to court records. He is responsible for the trafficking of 638 grams of heroin, documents show.
Authorities said drug proceeds totaling $38,250 were deposited into Merritt's bank account in Huntington and that Merritt accessed the funds in Detroit.
He provided drugs to a co-conspirator and Huntington resident identified as Lindsey Alyn Thacker, 29. Thacker, also known as "Lindsey Webb," made seven trips to Detroit between the summer of 2012 and June 2013 to pick up heroin and crack cocaine from Merritt.
Thacker and her associate, Keith Eric Wood, 28, opened their Huntington home to store and sell heroin. A search of the home on June 20 turned up .3 grams of heroin and more than $1,000 cash. Thacker and Wood pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to maintaining a home to sell heroin and each face up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing for all three is scheduled for Feb. 18.