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WOMAN SENTENCED TO ALMOST 3 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SELLING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS IN HUNTINGTON

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Huntington woman was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison for selling powerful prescription painkiller pills to a police informant.  Shena Rena Turner, 26, previously pleaded guilty in March to distribution of oxycodone.  On November 19, 2012, Turner agreed to sell 100 30-milligram oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant working at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Turner received a total of 77 30-milligram oxycodone pills from an associate that she later distributed to the police informant in exchange for $2,800.  Turner was arrested by DEA agents on February 4, 2013. 

Turner told law enforcement agents that between the summer of 2012 until November 2012, she distributed a total of 300 30-milligram oxycodone pills.     

The DEA and the Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. 

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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