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NEW RICHMOND, WV- Wyoming County man indicted on drug charges and alleged firearm use.
 
According to a five-count indictment returned on Tuesday, Thomas William Dyer, Jr., 56, of Bloomingburg, Ohio allegedly sold hydromorphone, a powerful prescription painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid, on October 14, 2011 near New Richmond, Wyoming County, W.Va. The indictment also alleges that Dyer sold oxycodone in January 2012 near New Richmond, W.Va.  As alleged in the indictment, Dyer used a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime in January 2012.
 
Dyer faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each drug charge and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the firearm charge if convicted.
 
The investigations were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Huntington Police Department and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph F. Adams and Joshua Hanks are in charge of the prosecutions.
 
The matters are being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.
 
The matters are also 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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