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MDENT agents found prescription pain pills, firearms and cash at ‘stash houses’ during investigation
Using several investigative leads, agents determined that Parris and his associate used the 723 Garvin Street residence to distribute their pills but maintained a “stash house” to store their prescription pain pills at 818 West Avenue in Charleston. MDENT agents also discovered that a door key, found in Parris’ associate’s pocket at the time of his arrest, matched the bottom and top lock for the 818 West Avenue residence. A search warrant was executed on that residence. Police found a .45 caliber pistol, $3,740 cash, 520 Xanax pills, 93 oxycodone pills, marijuana and paper documents linked to Parris.
Parris faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on December 18, 2013 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.
This case was also 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 investigation was conducted by MDENT. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.