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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Detroit pill dealer sentenced to four years in prison for Federal drug crime

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Detroit drug dealer was sentenced to four years in federal prison for selling pain pills, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto. Derrick Bernard Pritchett, 32, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone and alprazolam.

On August 10, 2015, a confidential informant working with the DEA Task Force contacted Pritchett to arrange a drug deal. Pritchett admitted that he met the informant on the 1200 block of Jackson Avenue in Huntington and sold the informant nine 30 mg oxycodone pills and one 2 mg alprazolam pill.

The investigation of Pritchett was conducted by the DEA Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution. Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.

This case is 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. 

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated May 16, 2016