FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2013
WOMAN ADMITS TO SELLING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS IN HUNTINGTON
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a Huntington woman pleaded guilty on March 11 in federal court to distribution of oxycodone. Shena Rena Turner, 26, admitted that on November 19, 2012, she agreed to sell 100 30-milligram oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant working at the direction of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Turner further admitted that she received a total of 77 30-milligram oxycodone pills from an associate which she distributed to the informant in exchange for $2,800. Turner was arrested by DEA agents on February 4, 2013. Turner admitted that between the summer of 2012 until November 2012, she distributed a total of 300 30-milligram oxycodone pills.
Turner faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on June 10, 2013 by Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
The DEA conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.
This case is being 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.