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BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Harry D. Rhodes, Jr., 49, of Coal City, West Virginia, plead guilty in federal court in Beckley to distributing oxycodone, a powerful and addictive prescription pain medication.  Rhodes admitted that in December of 2013, he sold oxycodone pills to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place in Coal City, near Beckley, West Virginia. 

Rhodes faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger scheduled the sentencing for September 10, 2014.
The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

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 in communities across the Southern District.




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