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CHARLESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Christopher B. Fulton, 51, of Charleston, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston to distribution of oxycodone.  Fulton admitted that on March 26, 2010, he sold forty (40) 80-milligram oxycodone pills to an undercover law enforcement officer working with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in exchange for $2,600. 

The illegal transaction occurred in Danville, Boone County, W.Va.   

Fulton faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on May 31, 2012. 

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. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is in charge of the prosecution. 

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