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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Fayette County man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for distribution of oxycodone.  Kenneth James Taylor, 32, Page, Fayette County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in November 2012.  Taylor admitted that on March 21, 2012, he sold three 30-milligram oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  Taylor further admitted that the illegal pill transaction took place at his Fayette County residence.  He also admitted further involvement in drug trafficking. 

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 

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.  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. 

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