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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 13, 2014

Columbus Man Who Had Heroin And Oxycodone Enters Federal Guilty Plea

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Columbus man who had heroin and oxycodone during an August 2013 traffic stop pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Antoine Walker, 27, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.  

On August 7, 2013 Walker’s vehicle was stopped by members of the Ohio Highway Patrol.  During the traffic stop, police found approximately 300 grams of heroin and 498 oxycodone pills inside of Walker’s vehicle.    

Walker told police that he was en route to Huntington and intended to deliver the heroin and oxycodone to an associate. 

Walker faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 14, 2014. 

The Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District. 

Updated January 7, 2015