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Ohio man sentenced in Federal court for role in oxycodone distribution

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Joseph Cremeans, 28, of Chesapeake, Ohio, was sentenced today in federal court in Huntington, West Virginia, to three years and one month in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, announced United States Attorney Booth Goodwin. Cremeans, who previously pleaded guilty to the federal conspiracy charge in August 2015, admitted to travelling to Georgia on four occasions with other individuals to unlawfully obtain prescription medications. Cremeans then transported the illicit prescriptions back to West Virginia to be sold for profit in Huntington. On each trip, Cremeans admitted to obtaining and transporting more than 100 thirty milligram oxycodone pills.

The successful prosecution of Cremeans and his criminal associates was the result of the investigative efforts of the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force.

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.

Updated November 16, 2015

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