FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2012
PUTNAM COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN FOUR YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISTRIBUTION
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Putnam County man was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs. Kevin Caleb Barrett, 23, of Red House, Putnam County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in April to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxymorphone, also known as “Opana.” On November 18, 2011, law enforcement officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) utilized a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of oxymorphone pills from the defendant. Barrett admitted that at the time, he served as the middle-man to complete an illegal pill transaction between the informant and his known associate. The defendant further admitted that the informant picked him up in Dunbar, W.Va. and drove to a predetermined location in Huntington, W.Va.
The defendant admitted that when they arrived in Huntington, he met with Jacob Hatfield and gave Hatfield $1250 in exchange for 25 40-milligram oxymorphone pills. Following the illegal transaction, Barrett returned to the vehicle and gave the pills to the informant.
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 Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the sentencing.