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LINCOLN COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DISTRIBUTION OF OXYCODONE

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Jason Edward Hallam, 33, of West Hamlin, West Virginia, entered a guilty plea today to the distribution of oxycodone. 

Hallam admitted that on February 8, 2013, he sold 10 oxycodone 30 mg pills for $400.00 to an individual inside his West Hamlin home.  Unbeknownst to Hallam, the individual who purchased the pills was a confidential information working with law enforcement.

Hallam faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment when he is sentenced on August 26, 2014, by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

The case was investigated by the Huntington Drug Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is handling 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. 

 

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