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CHARLESTON WOMAN SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR OXYCODONE POSSESSION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Emily E. Chandler, 29, of Charleston, was sentenced yesterday to 78 months in prison by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston for possession with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.  Chandler previously pleaded guilty in August.  The defendant admitted that on February 14, 2011, she knowingly possessed a quantity of oxycodone tablets which she intended to distribute in and around Dunbar, W.Va.       

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 various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain 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. 

This case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Agency (MDENT).  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecution. 

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