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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Julie Eplion, 24, of Huntington, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of oxycodone.  Eplion admitted that on August 19, 2009, she sold 93 80-milligram oxycodone and 14 40-milligram oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with the West Virginia State Police.  The informant also provided the defendant with $5,500 cash to settle a previous drug debt.  Following the controlled buy, officers executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Huntington residence and recovered the $5,500 that was provided by the informant, along with an additional $1,000, 58 80-milligram oxycodone pills and 40 40-milligram oxycodone pills.    

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI).  Assistant United States Attorney Monica Dillon 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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