FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 20, 2012
DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON FOR FEDERAL OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Detroit man was sentenced to seven years and eight months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone. Derrick Lewis, 42, of Detroit, previously pleaded guilty in April. 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 found him in possession of 400 30-milligram oxycodone pills and 100 40-milligram oxymorphone pills. Lewis admitted to law enforcement that he intended to sell the pills on that day.
The Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
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 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is 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.