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Randolph County, WV man convicted for role in multi-state painkiller, marijuana trafficking network

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Chad Allen Workman, 37, of Beverly, West Virginia, was convicted in federal court today for his role in an oxycodone and marijuana distribution operation, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Workman participated in an extensive and long-term multi-state drug trafficking operation. Workman, along with other individuals, conspired to transport large quantities of oxycodone and marijuana across state lines into West Virginia. The oxycodone was commonly transported from sources in Detroit, Florida and New Jersey. The marijuana was commonly obtained from sources in Pennsylvania and California. Workman further utilized the unlawful proceeds of the drug trafficking operation to purchase vehicles, real estate, and personal vacations.

Workman pled guilty today to one count of “Money Laundering.” As a result of the plea agreement executed today, he will be sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of up to $500,000. Workman will also be required to pay a money judgment of at least $224,400 and forfeit his interest in a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force led the inquiry. The Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office also investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking