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Gov. Tomblin's brother charged with dealing drugs

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CHARLESTON (WVVA) - The brother of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has been arrested on a charge of illegal drug distribution.

According to an information filed in federal court Wednesday, 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville knowingly distributed oxymorphone, a powerful painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana.

View the court document

Gov. Tomblin said in a statement that he's saddened and disappointed by his brother's actions, and that he must be held accountable for his actions.

Click here to read Tomblin's full statement

The investigation that led to today's charge is being conducted by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.

According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, the prosecution is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.

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