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Pill Dealers Sentenced on Oxycodone Charges
Christy Stevens, of Charleston, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison. Stevens, 34, previously pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Stevens’ co-defendant, Terry Martin, 21, of Detroit, was also sentenced on Thursday to one year and four months in prison for aiding and abetting the possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute. On July 6, 2011, police conducted a traffic stop of Stevens’ vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, police observed a large amount of cash inside Stevens’ purse. Stevens agreed to provide a statement to police regarding the source of the cash. After being advised of her Miranda rights, Stevens told police that the $8,000 in her purse were proceeds from illegal pill transactions.
Stevens provided additional information to police about a delivery of pills she was expecting from two acquaintances. The next day, Martin and a third individual were arrested outside of Stevens’ residence after police seized approximately 60 oxycodone pills from Martin’s associate. Martin admitted that he travelled with his associate from Detroit to Charleston and intended to deliver oxycodone pills to Stevens.
Stevens also told police that for eight months, she received oxycodone pills from a source of supply located in Detroit. After obtaining the pills from her source of supply, she sold the 30-milligram oxycodone pills in and around Charleston and also took a portion of the pills for her personal use.
The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John Frail handled the prosecutions. The sentences were imposed by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.
The cases were 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.