FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2014
FLORIDA OXYCODONE TRAFFICKER ENTERS FEDERAL GUILTY PLEA
Charleston, W.Va. – A Florida man who possessed oxycodone and other prescription drugs during a December 2011 traffic stop in Summersville, West Virginia pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Gregory Leandre, 31, of Naples, Florida pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone in federal court in Charleston.
On December 29, 2011, Leandre and another man were stopped by police in Summersville after receiving a tip from a local resident. The men were found in possession of approximately 831 oxycodone and 117 hydrocodone pills. At the plea hearing, Leandre told the Court he intended to distribute the pills.
Leandre made his appearance in U.S. District Court after serving prison time in Florida on an unrelated drug conviction. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on December 9, 2014.
The Summersville Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.
This case is being 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 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 opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.