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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Derrick Lewis, 41, of Detroit, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone.  On August 22, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of the defendant’s vehicle along Route 60 in Huntington.  At the time of the traffic stop, officers conducted a search of the defendant and subsequently found him in possession of 400 30-milligram oxycodone pills and 100 40-milligram oxymorphone pills.  Lewis admitted that he intended to sell the pills on that day.      

Lewis faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on July 30, 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 Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

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