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CHARLESTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Robert Butterworth, 20, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. for aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.  Butterworth admitted that on February 4, 2010, he arranged the sell of 50 oxycodone 80 milligram tablets to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).  Prior to the arranged drug transaction, the defendant advised the informant that his source of supply only had 42 oxycodone pills.  Butterworth admitted that his pill source arrived in a vehicle and he and the informant got inside of the vehicle.  Agents subsequently approached the vehicle during the drug transaction and the defendant was arrested.  A baggie containing 42 green tablets marked “OC” “80” was seized from the driver’s side of the vehicle.  The 42 pills were submitted to the West Virginia State Police lab and proved to contain oxycodone.      

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution. 

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.  

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