Beckley man sentenced for federal drug crimes

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) -The 10th defendant was sentenced for his participation in an extensive drug trafficking organization (DTO) operating between California and the Southern District of West Virginia, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.

Corey Moore, 47, of Beckley, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. Moore was one of 17 defendants charged as a result of a long-term, multi-state DTO investigation known as Operation Shutdown Corner.

“It is a priority of mine to break up the drug trafficking networks that are destroying our communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Operation Shutdown Corner was a huge success, taking down a multi-state meth pipeline and saving countless lives.”

At his plea hearing, Moore admitted that between June 2018 and September 17, 2019, he worked with other members of a DTO operating in Raleigh County to distribute methamphetamine. During that time period, Moore allowed packages containing methamphetamine to be delivered to his residence in Beckley. He then would receive directions from other members of the DTO as to who or where the package should be delivered. Moore followed those directives. In July of 2019, law enforcement officers determined that a package was delivered to Moore’s residence in Beckley. Officers conducting surveillance on Moore’s residence discovered that Moore delivered the package to another member of the DTO. Further investigation revealed that the package contained approximately five pounds of methamphetamine.

The investigation was handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, the Beckley Police Department and the West Virginia State Police.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Frank W. Volk imposed the sentence.