From a Release by U.S. Attorney's Office for Southern District of WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Fayette County pill dealer who  sold approximately 250 powerful prescription painkillers over a two-year period  was sentenced today to three years and ten months in federal prison, announced  U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. 

Vernon Peters III, 35, of Kincaid, Fayette  County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty in May to distribution of  oxycodone.  On March 20, 2012, Peters  sold three 30-milligram oxycodone tablets to a police informant.  The pill transaction occurred at the  defendant’s Fayette County residence.   

On March 19, 2012, members of the West Virginia  State Police seized approximately 17 firearms and 236 marijuana plants from the  defendant’s residence.  A number of  firearms at the residence were located in close proximity to the marijuana  plants.

In total, Peters illegally sold approximately 250  30-milligram oxycodone pills in and around Fayette County. 

The West Virginia State Police conducted the  investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the  prosecution.  The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge  John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

This case was 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.