Barboursville Pharmacy Owner Arraigned On Federal Charges
Forty-count Indictment Alleges Drug Distribution and Money Laundering
Huntington, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Kofe Ohene Agyekum appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert yesterday for an arraignment on a forty-count indictment charging him with drug distribution and money laundering. Agyekum pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The indictment, returned on September 10, 2014, by a federal grand jury sitting in Huntington, alleges that Agyekum was the director and president of KAYPAT Medical Inc., which did business as A+ Care Pharmacy, located in Barboursville, West Virginia. Agyekum was employed at A+ Pharmacy as a pharmacist intern.
Count One of the indictment alleges that Agyekum conspired to unlawfully distribute oxycodone and hydromorphone from August 2013 through July 2014. Counts Two through Four of the indictment allege that Agyekum unlawfully distributed oxycodone and hydromorphone on specific days in June and July of 2014. The remaining thirty-five counts in the indictment allege that Agyekum engaged in money laundering by depositing cash proceeds from the drug conspiracies at various banks in Barboursville with the intent of concealing the source of the cash.
The indictment also seeks to forfeit more than $2 million in cash and a luxury vehicle.
The case has been assigned to Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers. The trial date has been set for November 18, 2014.
The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is responsible for the prosecution.
Note: An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.