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Campbellsville, Kentucky Opana Dealer And Detroit, Michigan Opana Supplier Sentenced In U.S. District Court

– More Than 2,200 Opana Pills Seized

February 23, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - Two men charged with the sale and distribution of Opana in Taylor County, Kentucky have been sentenced in United States District Court by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Ricky Burton, age 46, of Campbellsville, Kentucky was sentenced to four years and three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of a federal grand jury indictment on September 20, 2011. Devon Antonio McCants, age 21, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of a federal grand jury indictment on October 18, 2011.

According to the plea agreement between May 24, 2011 and May 30, 2011, Devon McCants, Ricky Burton and others conspired to possess and distribute Opana pills, also known as Oxymorphone. On May 24, 2011 the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) purchased a quantity of Opana 40 mg tablets from Ricky Burton at his residence in Campbellsville, Kentucky. On that same date, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Burton’s residence where 853 Opana 40 mg tablets and $178,509 in cash was recovered along with the serialized U.S. currency utilized by Kentucky State Police in previous controlled purchases of Opana tables by a confidential source from Burton. The plea agreement alleges that Burton admitted to his involvement in trafficking Opana pills and identified his source of supply as an individual known as “Q” from Detroit, Michigan. On May 30, 2011, Devon McCants arrived in Louisville from Detroit, Michigan, via Greyhound Bus to supply Burton with more Opana pills. McCants was arrested after he entered Burton’s vehicle to complete the transaction. Law enforcement recovered 1,369 Opana 40 mg tablets from McCants’ backpack. Following his arrest, McCants allegedly admitted that he was a drug courier working for a source of supply out of Michigan.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mac Shannon and was investigated by Kentucky State Police and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

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