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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 11, 2015

Lesage man sentenced to federal prison for distributing oxycodone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Lesage man who helped distribute oxycodone pills from his trucking business to an undercover federal agent in 2013 was sentenced today to 58 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Kenneth Ray Cisco, 50, previously pleaded guilty in February of 2015 to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.

Cisco, owner of now defunct Cisco Trucking, admitted that he exchanged 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 sale.  Cisco directed another individual to distribute 33 oxycodone pills to the undercover agent in exchange for six tires.  Cisco also admitted that he made additional oxycodone sales with the undercover agent and others in exchange for tires, motor oil, and cash.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with assistance from the Huntington Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution.

This case 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 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.

Updated May 11, 2015