OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
September 17, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wheeling Resident Enters Plea to
Oxycodone Conspiracy Charge as Part of the
United States Attorney’s Office’s Operation Pill Broker
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty today (September 17, 2009) in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that FRANK BURDETT entered a plea of guilty 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 is 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, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
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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