FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 17, 2012
HUNTINGTON MAN ADMITS TO FEDERAL CHARGE CONNECTED TO OXYCODONE DISTRIBUTION SCHEME
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Huntington man pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. Rayshawn Allah Wells, 22, admitted that on April 14, 2010, he and an associate distributed approximately 2 ½ 80-milligram oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with the U.S. 119 Task Force. Wells further admitted that later the same day, he and an associate distributed three 80-milligram oxycodone pills to an informant. Wells admitted that both illegal pill transactions occurred in Holden, Logan County, W.Va.
On April 14, 2010, members of the U.S. 119 Task Force executed a search warrant at a Holden residence and arrested the defendant and other known individuals. At the time the search warrant was executed, law enforcement agents seized approximately 127 80-milligram tablets. The defendant admitted that he had $1,040 cash on his person that included bills used in earlier controlled transactions.
Wells admitted that he and an associate brought oxycodone pills from Huntington, W.Va. to Logan County for the purpose of distributing them.
Wells faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on January 10, 2013 by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.
The U.S. 119 Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of 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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