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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chapmanville Man Sentenced For Illegal Distribution Of Prescription Painkillers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Chapmanville, West Virginia, man was sentenced to eight months’ home confinement and three years’ probation for distribution of oxymorphone, a powerful painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today.  Carl Tomblin, 50, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone on March 25, 2014. Today’s sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

Tomblin sold oxymorphone to a confidential police informant on five separate occasions in December 2013 and January 2014. Tomblin also admitted that he purchased and distributed oxymorphone for approximately eight months prior to January 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn handled the prosecution.

The prosecution is part of an ongoing effort 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 pill and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 7, 2015