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Former West Virginia State Trooper sentenced for distributing oxymorphone

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a former West Virginia State Trooper was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, to two years and six months in federal prison for distribution of oxymorphone. Christopher Lee Saunders, 43, of Beckley, previously pleaded guilty in June 2015 to the federal drug charge.

Saunders admitted that on January 22, 2015, he sold oxymorphone to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place at the Walmart parking lot located off Robert C. Byrd Drive in MacArthur.

This case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police, and was 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 United States 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.

Updated December 2, 2015

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