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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Beckley Area Man Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of Oxycodone

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Steven D. Benko, 29, of Beckley, West Virginia, plead guilty in federal court in Beckley to distribution of oxycodone.  Benko admitted that on March 5, 2014, he sold oxycodone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on Antonio Avenue in Beckley. Benko faces a sentence of up to twenty years and a $1,000,000 fine. 

This case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and is being prosecuted under the Beckley Pill Initiative directed by the United States Attorney’s Office.

This case is 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 and heroin.  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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 

United States District Court Judge Irene C. Berger set the sentencing for January 14, 2015.  

Updated January 7, 2015