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BECKLEY PILL DEALER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON OXYCODONE CHARGE

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Beckley pill dealer was sentenced today to five years and three months in federal prison for illegally distributing the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Leondus A. Whittenburg II, also known as “Leondis Wilson,” 31, previously pleaded guilty in March to possession of oxycodone with intent to deliver. On October 24, 2012, Whittenburg sold oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working in cooperation with law enforcement authorities.  The illegal pill transaction took place near Beckley. 

The Beckley Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Miller Bushong handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. 

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. 

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