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Cisco Trucking owner admits swapping pain pills for truck tires

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Kenneth Ray Cisco, 50, of Lesage, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.

Cisco, owner of defunct Cisco Trucking, admitted to exchanging oxycodone pills for tractor-trailer tires. On March 14, 2013, an undercover federal agent traveled to Cisco Trucking in Huntington, West Virginia, to meet with Cisco for the purposes of conducting a pre-arranged oxycodone transaction.

The undercover agent met with Cisco and another individual at Cisco Trucking to exchange six tires for oxycodone. Cisco provided the other individual with 31 oxycodone pills, and directed the undercover agent to unload the tires. The individual distributed the pills to the agent after the tires were unloaded.

The agent requested two additional oxycodone pills from Cisco, who provided them to the third individual, who then distributed them to the agent. In total, the agent received 29 15-mg and 4 30-mg oxycodone pills in exchange for the tires.

Cisco faces up to 20 years in federal prison, and a $1 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11, 2015.

Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the plea hearing.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Joe Adams is in charge of the prosecution.


Updated January 8, 2016

Drug Trafficking