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FAYETTE COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – William Franklin Bobbitt, 54, of Glenn Jean, W.Va., pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.  Bobbitt admitted that on October 20, 2011, he and an associate sold 150 30-milligram oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant working for the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force (CWVDTF).  The defendant further admitted that at the time of the transaction, he handed his associate the tablets, who then subsequently distributed the tablets to the informant.  Bobbitt also admitted that during the transaction, he counted $4500 in cash that was provided to him by the informant in exchange for the oxycodone tablets.  Task force agents arrested the defendant and his associate after the transaction was completed. 

Bobbitt faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on June 12, 2012. 

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force (CWVDTF) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks 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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