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Two Plead Guilty To Federal Heroin Charges

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

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that two defendants pleaded guilty to drug charges before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. Amanda Nicole Canaday, 26, of White Sulphur Springs, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin, admitting that on August 31, 2013, she possessed 56 packets of heroin in her apartment in White Sulphur Springs. Canaday further admitted that she intended to sell the heroin packets. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine when she is sentenced on October 30, 2014.

Joshua Daniel Osborne, 31, of Lima, Ohio, pleaded guilty to traveling in interstate commerce to facilitate an unlawful activity. Osborne admitted that on September 1, 2013, he traveled by car from Alderson, West Virginia, to Columbus, Ohio, obtained a quantity of heroin, and returned with it to Alderson, where he placed quantities of heroin into capsules, intending to sell them. He further admitted that he had made other trips to Columbus to obtain heroin, which he then sold in Alderson. Osborne faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when he is sentenced on October 30, 2014. 

These cases were investigated by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The prosecutions are being handled by Assistant United States Attorney John File. The cases are being prosecuted under the Greenbrier County Heroin and Pill Initiative, 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 the distribution of heroin.

Updated January 7, 2015