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New Jersey man sentenced to 12 years for drug trafficking

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

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Matthew Lee Cordero, 32, of Vineland, New Jersey, was sentenced to 151 months in prison for oxycodone trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Cordero was engaged in a scheme to procure oxycodone from sources in Detroit, New Jersey, and Florida for redistribution in the Northern District of West Virginia. Specifically, Cordero sold oxycodone in Randolph County in October 2014. He pled guilty in February 2015 to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone,”

Additionally, Arthur Pritt, 38, of Archer, Florida, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for marijuana trafficking. From December 2008 through December 2014, he repeatedly obtained marijuana from sources in California and Pennsylvania. He then arranged for the drugs to be transported across state lines into Randolph County, West Virginia for redistribution and sale. He pled guilty in February 2015 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the United States Forest Service, the West Virginia State Police, the Randolph and Upshur County Sheriff's Offices, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, and the U.S. Postal Service investigated.

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated January 8, 2016