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BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Crab Orchard man was sentenced in federal court in Beckley for distributing oxycodone.  Gene James, also known as “Butch,” 44, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.  James previously pled guilty in May of 2014, to distributing oxycodone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on Hot Coal Road in Sophia, West Virginia. 

This case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and was prosecuted under the Beckley Pill Initiative directed by the United States Attorney’s Office. 

This case is 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 and heroin.  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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.  





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