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DETROIT MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN NINETEEN YEARS IN PRISON ON CRACK COCAINE AND OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Alonzo Richard Dixon, 43, of Detroit, was sentenced today to 235 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine and distribution of oxycodone.  Dixon pleaded guilty in August.  The defendant admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and oxycodone in the Huntington area from 2005 through December 2009. Dixon further admitted that during the early part of the conspiracy, he recruited a few associates from Detroit to come to Huntington to sell crack cocaine.  During the drug conspiracy, known associates who worked as couriers made at least 15 trips to Detroit to purchase cocaine that was subsequently brought back to Huntington and cooked into crack.  Dixon also admitted that he is responsible for the distribution of at least 1000 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and approximately 2.1 kilograms of crack cocaine. 

This case was investigated by the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Gregory McVey handled the prosecution. 

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.  

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