Huntington man pleads guilty to oxymorphone charge

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Eric Lawrence Silverstein, 39, of Huntington, West Virginia, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone.

Silverstein admitted that he made multiple sales of oxymorphone to a confidential informant.

On July 25, 2014, the informant arranged a controlled buy of 10 40-mg oxymorphone pills through Silverstein. Silverstein drove the informant to the 1400 block of 4th Avenue in Huntington, where a third individual entered the vehicle and sold the informant the pills for $600.

On July 28, 2014, the same informant arranged a similar purchase through Silverstein. The informant purchased eight 40-mg oxymorphone pills for $480.

Silverstein faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27, 2015.

Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.

The case is being investigated by the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey is in charge of the prosecution.