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Fayette man pleads guilty to oxycodone distribution

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Fayette County man pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of oxycodone.  Michael Terry Coleman, 47, Page, Fayette County, W.Va., admitted that on April 12, 2012, he sold three 30-milligram oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  Coleman further admitted that the illegal pill transaction took place at his Fayette County residence.  The defendant also admitted that he sold oxycodone on other occasions, including an April 24, 2012 illegal pill transaction where the he sold two 30-milligram oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.  Coleman admitted that he is responsible for distributing a total of approximately 150 30-milligram pills. 

Coleman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on January 16, 2013 by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution. 

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.  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. 

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