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DETROIT WOMAN WHO ARRIVED AT HUNTINGTON GREYHOUND STATION WITH PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON TIME

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit woman who left a Huntington Greyhound bus station in October 2009 in possession of prescription painkillers was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Brittany Wesley-Taylor, 21, previously pleaded guilty in March to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.  On or about October 15, 2009, Wesley-Taylor traveled by Greyhound bus from Detroit to Huntington, W.Va. in possession of oxycodone pills.  After arriving in Huntington, Wesley-Taylor exited the bus terminal carrying pills that were hidden on her person.  As Wesley-Taylor walked toward an awaiting vehicle that was parked on 4th Avenue in Huntington, she was approached by police. 

During a conversation with police, Wesley-Taylor informed law enforcement that she had prescription pills hidden on her person.  The defendant later removed a condom that contained 90 80-milligram oxycodone tablets from her person.  Wesley-Taylor told police that she obtained the oxycodone pills from a source of supply in Detroit and brought the pills to Huntington to deliver to an associate.   
Wesley-Taylor told police that she transported oxycodone from Detroit to Huntington on at least four separate occasions.  Wesley-Taylor is responsible for possessing a total of at least 570 80-milligram oxycodone tablets.   

The Drug Enforcement Administration 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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