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CABELL COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Sara Elizabeth Kyle, 26, of Barboursville, W.Va., pleaded guilty yesterday 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 that was driven by the defendant.  Kyle admitted that during the traffic stop, she received a large quantity of oxymorphone pills from her associate and subsequently hid the pills. As the defendant exited the vehicle, the pills fell from her person and were discovered by law enforcement. 

Kyle further admitted that prior to the traffic stop, she picked up her associate from a Huntington Greyhound bus station.  The defendant admitted that she knew that her associate was illegally transporting oxymorphone tablets from Detroit and intended to give the pills to an individual located in Huntington.  The defendant also admitted possession of a total of 329 40-milligram oxymorphone pills.         
Kyle faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on August 27, 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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