Lincoln County Father And Son Plead Guilty To Oxycodone Distribution
Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Ronnie Dale Norman Sr., 67 and his son, Ronnie Dale Norman Jr., 23, both of Branchland, West Virginia, entered guilty pleas today to distribution of oxycodone. They each face up to 20 years when they are sentenced on August 13, 2014 by United States District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr.
In January of 2012, detectives with the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to buy oxycodone from Ronnie Norman, Sr., at Branchland home in Lincoln County. In September of 2012, detectives made another controlled buy from the Norman residence. This time, however, when the informant asked to buy oxycodone pills, Ronnie Norman, Sr. retrieved the pills, handed them to his son, Ronnie Norman, Jr., who then gave the pills to the informant in exchange for cash. Ronnie Norman, Jr. then handed the drug money to his father.
The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force is in charge of the prosecution.
This case is being 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.