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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mark Armbrester, 38, of Charleston, was sentenced today to 95 months in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone and revocation of supervised release for a prior controlled substance offense.  Armbrester admitted that on December 2, 2010, he possessed several baggies containing oxycodone 30 milligram pills. Following his arrest, the defendant further admitted that he intended to sell the pills for profit.  The pills were subsequently submitted to the West Virginia State Police lab and determined to be 1421 30-milligram tablets containing oxycodone.  At the time the defendant possessed the oxycodone tablets, he was on supervised release for a prior federal conviction.   Armbrester admitted that he is responsible for an additional 200 30-milligram tablets that he obtained from the same source who supplied the 1421oxycodone tablets in November 2010. 

This case was investigated by the Charleston Police Department and 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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