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OHIO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL OXYCODONE CHARGE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Richard L. Snodgrass, 23, of South Point, Ohio, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for conspiracy to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.  The defendant previously pleaded guilty in May.  Snodgrass admitted that from at least June 2009 until October 2009, he participated with other known individuals in the distribution of oxycodone in and around Huntington, West Virginia.  Snodgrass admitted that during the time he was involved in the conspiracy, he received deliveries of oxycodone from Detroit and further admitted to receiving at least 360 80-milligram oxycodone tablets. 

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Huntington Police Department.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams 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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