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MINGO COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 4 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR OXYCODONE POSSESSION

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Mingo County man was sentenced to four years and two months in federal prison for oxycodone possession.  Terry Kevin Steele, 42, of Mingo County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in May 2012 to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.    On November 17, 2011, deputies with the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department responded to a robbery complaint at the Super 8 Motel in Huntington.  At the time, deputies approached the defendant who subsequently consented to a search of his room which he had rented.  Law enforcement seized a total of 1,379 oxycodone tablets in varying strengths as well as a .38 caliber revolver.  Steele admitted that he possessed the oxycodone tablets and intended to sell the tablets to individuals in Mingo County.    

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 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. 

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Chief Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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