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BECKLEY-AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Beckley-area man pled guilty to a drug charge in federal court in Beckley.  Tyrone Amar, age 37, of Crab Orchard, pled guilty to distribution of oxycodone.  Amar admitted that in October of 2013, he distributed a quantity of oxycodone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on Cunningham Avenue in Stanaford, Raleigh County, West Virginia.  Amar faces a sentence of up to twenty years and a $1,000,000 fine.  This case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and is being prosecuted under the Beckley Pill Initiative directed by the United States Attorney’s Office.     

This case is 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 and heroin.  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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

United States District Court Judge Irene C. Berger set Amar’s sentencing for November 6, 2014.

 

 

 

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