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Charleston man sentenced for selling pills

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Michael Scarberry, 37, was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston to 63 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Scarberry, who pleaded guilty late last year, admitted that he sold hydrocodone to an undercover Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (“MDENT”) police officer on several occasions.  Scarberry also admitted that he obtained the hydrocodone pills on trips to Florida and brought them back to Charleston for sale. His uncle Clarence Scarberry, 51, of Charleston, was sentenced earlier this week to 21 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for his role in the same drug conspiracy.

This case is being prosecuted as 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 opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail is responsible for the prosecution.

Updated March 6, 2015

Drug Trafficking