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Detroit Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Detroit man pled guilty to a federal drug charge.  William James Springer, 31, of the Detroit area, pled guilty to distribution of a quantity of oxymorphone.  Springer admitted that on October 5, 2016, he distributed three oxymorphone pills to a confidential informant.  He further admitted that between September 2016 and December 2016 he was involved in distributing about 300 40 mg oxymorphone pills in Greenbrier County, including pills which he distributed as charged in the other counts of the indictment.  Springer faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 18, 2018.   Stuart praised the work of the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

“We should send Detroit a bill.  They send us their drug dealers and we lock them up,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “They have wreaked havoc in West Virginia for far too long. Detroit drug dealers are not welcome here.”

United States District Court Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution.

The case was investigated as part of the Greenbrier Valley Heroin and Pill Initiative, 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 and misuse 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 opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.


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Updated April 12, 2018

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