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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington pill dealer was sentenced today to one year and nine months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.  Eric Lavell Minter, 28, of Huntington, previously pleaded guilty in October of 2013 to possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.  On May 20, 2013, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force found Minter in a parked car at the Greyhound Bus Station in Huntington, with a plastic baggie in his lap counting oxycodone tablets.  Minter was arrested and gave a statement to police admitting that he was involved in the distribution of pills in the Huntington area.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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. 





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