FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2012
DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN THREE YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON OXYCODONE CHARGE
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Detroit man was sentenced to three years and ten months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Devon Patterson, 27, of Detroit, previously pleaded guilty in April. Patterson admitted that between July 2009 and early October 2009, he illegally brought quantities of oxycodone from Detroit to a residence in Teays Valley, Putnam County, W.Va. Patterson further admitted that once he arrived at the Teays Valley residence, the oxycodone pills were illegally sold. The defendant also admitted that the proceeds from the oxycodone sales were subsequently sent back to Detroit by using a money transfer service.
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) conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the sentencing.
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