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Nicholas Co. pill dealer gets 8 years for oxycodone distribution

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CHARLESTON (NEWS RELEASE) – A Nicholas County pill dealer was sentenced today to eight years in federal prison for his role in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Carlos Copen, also known as "Jasper," 23, of Richwood, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in June to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.  On May 31, 2011, Copen sold oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working in cooperation with the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.  The illegal pill transaction took place at Copen's Nicholas residence. 

Copen also participated in numerous other illegal pill transactions in and around Nicholas County.

The investigation was conducted by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution.  The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston. 

This case was brought 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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