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DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Eric Djuan Corley, 25, of Detroit, pleaded guilty today in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxymorphone.  On December 14, 2011, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which the defendant was a passenger.  Corley admitted that during the traffic stop, he gave a quantity of oxymorphone pills to an associate and directed the known individual to hide the pills on her person. 

Corley further admitted that he transported the oxymorphone tablets from Detroit and intended to give them to an individual located in Huntington.  The defendant also admitted possession of a total of 329 40-milligram oxymorphone tablets.         

Corley faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on August 13, 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 Huntington Police Department, the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution. 

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