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TWO CHARLESTON MEN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGES

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Charleston men were sentenced today in federal court by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. on federal oxycodone charges.  Eric Wiseman, 31, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Wiseman previously pleaded guilty in December.  Wiseman’s co-conspirator, Kermit Boyce, 31, was also sentenced today to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.  Both defendants admitted that from December 2009 until December 21, 2010, they conspired with each other to distribute a quantity of oxycodone pills in and around Charleston.  Boyce and Wiseman further admitted to traveling together to Detroit to obtain oxycodone pills for distribution in West Virginia.  On December 2, 2010, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of the defendants’ vehicle.  During a search of the vehicle, officers found 1390 30-milligram oxycodone pills, 90 80-milligram oxycodone pills and 371 40-milligram oxymorphone pills, which they possessed with intent to distribution.  Additionally, during the course of the conspiracy, the defendants obtained at least 1,500 80-milligram oxycodone pills and 1,500 30-milligram oxycodone pills.  

Wiseman agreed to forfeit $30,000 as gross proceeds from the conspiracy.

This investigation was conducted by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon handled the prosecutions.

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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