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R. Booth Goodwin II, United States Attorney
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               CONTACT: Melvin Smith
June 7, 2011                                                                                                                   melvin.smith@usdoj.gov

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL ILLICIT PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISTRIBUTION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Allen D. Thomas, 22, of Detroit, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to conspiracy to distribute quantities of oxymorphone hydrochloride, also known as “Opana,” and of oxycodone, also known as “Roxicodone.”  Thomas admitted that between July 2010 and March 25, 2011, he and other individuals were involved in a drug trafficking organization that distributed oxymorphone hydrochloride and oxycodone in and around Charleston, West Virginia.  Thomas further admitted that he made regular trips to Detroit, Michigan to obtain pills and brought them to the Charleston area for distribution.  In the days prior to March 25, 2011, the defendant and an associate rented a hotel room at the Microtel Hotel in South Charleston.  At the time, the defendant provided his associate with Opana and Roxicodone pills to distribute on his behalf.  On March 25, 2011, police arrived at the defendant’s hotel room where he gave oral and written consent for officers to search the room.  The defendant admitted that he had about $5,000 in his duffel bag.  Officers subsequently discovered $5,544 in cash inside the duffel bag, along with 75 40-milligram oxymorphone hydrochloride pills that were hidden in a deodorant container.  Also, concealed in a second deodorant container within the defendant’s duffel bag was a quantity of 40 30-milligram oxycodone pills. 

The defendant admitted in a statement that between July 2010 and March 25, 2011, he had conspired to distribute, distributed and possessed with intent to distribute a total of 950 40-milligram oxymorphone hydrochloride pills and 100 30-milligram oxycodone pills.  Thomas further admitted that he had conspired with a known associate to distribute some of the pills.  The defendant admitted that during the conspiracy, he provided pills to his known associate to distribute and required that the associate pay him after the sales were completed.     

Thomas faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on September 7, 2011. 

This case was investigated by the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT).  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Schwartz is in charge of the prosecution. 

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 various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain 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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