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Ohio Man With Loaded Pistol And Prescription Pain Pills Gets 5 Years In Federal Prison

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – An Ohio man who possessed a loaded pistol and powerful prescription pain pills in January 2013 was sentenced today to five years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Thomas William Dyer, Jr., 58, of Columbus, previously pleaded guilty in July to carrying a loaded firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.  Dyer’s sentence was handed down today by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger in Beckley. On January 20, Dyer possessed a loaded .380 caliber pistol and oxycodone pills at a residence located near New Richmond, Wyoming County, W.Va. 
Dyer was arrested following a controlled drug buy that took place in and around New Richmond.  During a search, police also found a total of six firearms and 130 oxycodone pills at a residence located near New Richmond. 

The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

This case was also 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.  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. 

Updated January 7, 2015