2 Detroit Men Plead Guilty in West Virginia Federal Court on Drug Charges

HUNGTINGTON, W. VA – Two men from Detroit were in Federal Court on Tuesday March 19th, 2019, where they entered guilty pleas to drug charges.heroin

Rudolph Donnell Willis, 45-years-old, of Detroit, entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin. Between March and June of 2015, Willis received heroin which he delivered on multiple occasions to a residence located at 1751 Buffington Avenue in Huntington.

Willis provided the heroin to the occupants of the residence and the occupants would in turn distribute the heroin to various customers. Willis later collected money from the heroin sales at the residence. Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the residence on June 29, 2015. Just prior to execution of the warrant, officers observed Willis enter the residence. During the search, Willis and other individuals in the residence were arrested and officers seized heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.

Willis faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 24, 2019.

Ellis Simmons, Jr., 49-years-old, of Detroit, entered guilty pleas to possession with intent to distribute heroin and prohibited possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in federal court in Huntington.

On September 14, 2015, members of the Huntington FBI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 2317 Lincoln Avenue in Huntington. When investigators executed the warrant, they located Simmons and two additional individuals inside the residence.

Investigators subsequently seized approximately 25 grams of heroin during the search. Investigators also seized a .22 caliber pistol from a room where Simmons was located. Simmons was previously convicted of multiple felony offenses and admitted to possessing the gun. Simmons also admitted that during the month of September 2015, he and others used the residence to distribute heroin.

Simmons faces up to 30 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on July 8, 2019.