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Ohio Prisoner Sentenced For Role In Detroit/west Virginia Drug Conspiracy

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

Defendant Managed Drug Conspiracy While Imprisoned in Ohio

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Mack Brooks, age 41, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to the maximum statutory sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs.  Brooks was previously convicted of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, highly addictive pain medications, following a three-day jury trial in July of 2013.  During the course of the conspiracy that spanned more than two years, Brooks, while incarcerated in Ohio for a previous drug conviction, arranged the delivery of prescription pills from Detroit to West Virginia.  Trial testimony established that Brooks and his organization were responsible for distributing over $1,000,000 worth of illegal pills in southern West Virginia.   The sentence imposed today will run consecutive to the sentence Brooks is serving in Ohio. 

The successful prosecution of Brooks and others in his organization was due to the cooperative efforts of agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

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 January 7, 2015