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DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A man who drove an acquaintance from Detroit to Charleston in July 2011 in connection with an oxycodone scheme pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Terry Martin, 20, of Detroit, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to aiding and abetting the possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.  On July 8, 2011, Martin drove an acquaintance from Detroit to Charleston.  Martin knew that the acquaintance possessed oxycodone at the time and intended to deliver it to a third individual who was located in the Charleston area.  Following their arrival to Charleston, Martin and the associate were arrested.  Police later seized a total of 59 30-milligram oxycodone pills that were hidden on the associate’s person. 

Martin faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on October 17, 2013 by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston. 

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the prosecution. 

This case is being 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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