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BECKLEY, W.Va. – Rachel Saunders, 32, was sentenced today in Beckley, West Virginia, by United States District Court Judge Irene C. Berger to three years of probation, and 100 hours of community service.  Saunders previously plead guilty in November of 2013 to distributing oxycodone, a powerful and addictive prescription pain killer.  Saunders admitted that on March 26, 2013, she sold several oxycodone pills to a confidential informant (CI) who was working with the Beckley Police Department Drug Unit and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department. The drug deal took place at a local video lottery establishment on North Eisenhower Drive, Beckley. 

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 and heroin. The United States 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 and heroin.


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