FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 10, 2012
DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION
Defendant admitted to selling cocaine, crack cocaine, and powerful prescription painkillers in Huntington
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Detroit man was sentenced to 11 years and three months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. Rafael Cee-Erwin Solomon, also known as “J” and “Rip,” 31, of Detroit, previously pleaded guilty in August. Solomon admitted that he made numerous trips to Detroit to obtain illegal drugs and brought them back to Huntington to distribute. Solomon further admitted that he provided known associates in the Huntington area with various quantities of illegal drugs including crack cocaine, oxycodone and oxymorphone to sell.
On August 17, 2011, members of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Solomon’s rented Huntington apartment and found approximately 126 grams of cocaine, 73 grams of crack cocaine, 170 40-milligram oxymorphone tablets, 19 30-milligram oxycodone tablets, and $9,177 in cash. Law enforcement agents also found a stolen, loaded 9-millimeter pistol beneath a couch seat cushion.
Solomon admitted that he was responsible for distributing in excess of 28 grams of crack cocaine.
The Huntington Violent Crime 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 matter 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.