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CHARLESTON WOMAN WITH DETROIT PILL TIES PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston woman with ties to a Detroit pill supplier pleaded guilty today to a federal oxycodone charge, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Christy Stevens, 31, pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.  On July 6, 2011, police conducted a traffic stop of Stevens’ vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, officers observed a large amount of cash inside Stevens’ purse.  Stevens agreed to provide a statement to police regarding the source of the cash.  After being advised of her Miranda rights, Stevens told police that the $8,000 in her purse was proceeds from illegal pill transactions.

Stevens also told police that for eight months, she received oxycodone pills from a source of supply located in Detroit. Stevens later sold the 30-milligram oxycodone pills in and around Charleston and also took a portion of the pills for her personal use.   

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

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team 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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