OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
November 18, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wheeling Man Sentenced to 57 Months Imprisonment
as Part of “Operation Pill Broker”
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on November 10, 2009, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that FRANK BURDETT was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. BURDETT entered a plea of guilty on September 17, 2009, to one count of an Indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone from December of 2008 to May 4, 2009, in Wheeling. BURDETT’s prosecution was part of the United States Attorney’s “Operation Pill Broker”. BURDETT was obtaining between 50 and 60 OxyContin 40 milligram tablets from co-defendant Willard Humes and would then sell the pills to others for $35.00 a pill. BURDETT was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a federal institution.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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