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Michigan man and Morgantown resident sentenced for painkiller trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Ranad Jamal Straughter, 27, of Westland, Michigan, and Andrew W. Bolyard, 23, of Morgantown, West Virginia, were sentenced today for their role in an oxycodone trafficking operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed that Straughter and Bolyard were involved in a prescription painkiller operation designed to transport oxycodone pills across state lines from Detroit, Michigan to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then to Morgantown, West Virginia for redistribution and sale.

In March 2014, Straughter and Bolyard were discovered in possession of oxycodone in Monongalia County, West Virginia. They each pled guilty in December 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.” Bolyard was sentenced today to 72 months in prison. Straughter was sentenced today to 24 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the defendants on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated January 8, 2016