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HUNTINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION SCHEME

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Huntington man was sentenced to two years in federal prison for aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  Rayshawn Allah Wells, 22, previously pleaded guilty in September 2012.  Wells admitted that on April 14, 2010, he and an associate distributed approximately 2 ½ 80-milligram oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with the U.S. 119 Task Force.  Wells further admitted that on April 14, 2010, he and an associate distributed three 80-milligram oxycodone pills to an informant.  Wells admitted that both illegal pill transactions occurred in Holden, Logan County, W.Va. 

On April 14, 2010, members of the U.S. 119 Task Force executed a search warrant at a Holden residence and arrested the defendant and other known individuals.  At the time the search warrant was executed, law enforcement agents seized approximately 127 80-milligram tablets.  The defendant admitted that he had $1,040 cash on his person that included bills used in earlier controlled transactions.   

Wells admitted that he and co-defendant Kawan Michael Wells brought oxycodone pills from Huntington, W.Va. to Logan County for the purpose of distributing them. Kawan Wells, 24, previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Kawan Wells was sentenced in December 2012 to five years’ probation.    

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 U.S. 119 Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.  

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