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Two White Sulphur Springs men appear in Federal court on drug charges

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

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Two White Sulphur Springs men appeared today in federal court in Beckley on drug charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto.

Darin Timothy Hoke, 21, was sentenced to three years and five months in federal prison for distribution of oxymorphone. Hoke previously pleaded guilty in November 2015 to the federal drug charge. He admitted that on July 28, 2015, he distributed an oxymorphone pill in White Sulphur Springs to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. Hoke also admitted that as part of his drug dealing he had distributed over 600 oxymorphone pills and 120 packets of heroin. 

In a separate prosecution, Wilbur Arnold, Jr., 50, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Arnold admitted that on July 22, 2015, law enforcement authorities seized cocaine from his home that he intended to distribute. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on June 8, 2016. 

The case against Hoke was investigated by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated the Arnold case. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecutions. The defendants appeared before United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. 

These cases were prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat illegal drugs in our communities, including the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The United States 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 March 7, 2016

Drug Trafficking