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DETROIT MAN CAUGHT CARRYING BAG OF PAINKILLER PILLS FROM GREYHOUND STATION SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Detroit man who arrived at a Charleston Greyhound Bus Station in February 2012 with a bag of illegal prescription painkillers was sentenced today to five years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Deangelo Cann, 23, previously pleaded guilty in August 2012 to interstate travel to promote drug activity.  On February 7, 2012, Cann traveled by Greyhound Bus from Detroit to Charleston in possession of oxymorphone, also known as “Opana” and oxycodone pills.  After arriving in Charleston, Cann left the Greyhound bus terminal carrying pills that were hidden inside of a dark gray bag.  As Cann exited the bus station, he was approached by a uniformed police officer.  Upon seeing the approaching officer, Cann immediately began to run with the bag.  During the pursuit, Cann attempted to throw the bag.  The bag of prescription painkillers was later recovered by police and Cann was arrested.  Cann told police that he intended to both use and sell the pills. 

The recovered pills were submitted to the West Virginia State Police lab and proved to contain oxymorphone and oxycodone. 

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) and the Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston. 

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 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. 

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