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PUTNAM COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Kevin C. Barrett, 26, of Red House, Putnam County, W.Va., pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to aiding and abetting the distribution of a quantity of oxymorphone, also known as “Opana.”  On November 18, 2011, law enforcement officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) utilized a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of oxymorphone pills from the defendant.  Barrett admitted that at the time, he served as the middle-man to complete an illicit pill transaction between the informant and his known associate.  The defendant further admitted that the informant picked him up in Dunbar, W.Va. and drove to a prearranged location in Huntington, W.Va. 

The defendant admitted that when they arrived in Huntington, he met with an associate and gave the individual $1250 in exchange for 25 40-milligram oxymorphone pills.  Following the illicit transaction, Barrett returned to the vehicle and subsequently gave the pills to the informant. 

Barrett faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on July 9, 2012. 

This case was 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 various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain 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. 

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon is in charge of the prosecution. 

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