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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 8, 2015

Beckley man sentenced on federal drug charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Raymond Edmonds, 43, of Beckley, West Virginia, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

Edmonds pleaded guilty in September 2014, to distribution of oxycondone.  He admitted that on March 18, 2014, he distributed a quantity of oxycodone to a confidential informant on Burmeister Avenue in Beckley.

This case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force under the Beckley Pill Initiative, part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the sale of heroin and the illicit sale of prescription drugs.  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 Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence.

Updated January 13, 2015