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CHARLESTON, WV -

A Logan County man has been sentenced by a federal judge in Charleston to 10 years and one month in prison for his role in an oxycodone trafficking ring.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said 45-year-old Michael Ray Fortuna of Peach Creek admitted to organizing the pill distribution scheme, which included periodic trips to Florida where he and his co-conspirators, including his younger brother, Ronald, obtained thousands of the powerful pain pills that they brought back to West Virginia and sold illegally.

Fortuna had pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Ronald Fortuna, 36, has already been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Goodwin said investigators had intercepted a package addressed to Michael Fortuna at the Peach Creek Post Office in April 2011 containing 1,789 30-milligram oxycodone tablets. He later told investigators it was the third package of pills he'd received that month., Goodwin said.

The man who investigators say mailed the drugs to Michael Fortuna, 41-year-old Patrick Warren Napier of Dingess, Mingo County, has already been sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

A fourth man, 39-year-old Guy R. Miller, has pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone and will be sentenced in February. Miller also has pleaded guilty to unrelated federal charges in connection with a Logan arson scheme, Goodwin said.

Fortuna told investigators he regularly mailed cash to his suppliers in Florida to pay for the illegal oxycodone deliveries, sending them $30,000 on at least one occasion. Goodwin said Fortuna's brother Ronald also admitted to selling as many as 2,500 oxycodone tablets out of his Peach Creek residence from at least the summer of 2009 until late summer 2011. 

Goodwin said Ronald Fortuna, Miller and an acquaintance flew to Florida to obtain oxycodone, and in July 2011 investigators from the Multi-Agency Diversion Task Force in Palm Beach County, Fla., arrested the acquaintance at the West Palm Beach Airport as the trio tried to board a return flight to West Virginia.

Goodwin said the acquaintance, now a cooperating witness, was found to be in possession of 1,377 30-milligram oxycodone tablets and later told police the three of them were told to travel to Florida to get the shipment. He also identified Michael Fortuna as the head of a drug trafficking organization and said he'd been recruited to carry oxycodone pills on his person during the flight home. , Goodwin said.

The United States Postal Inspection Service, the US 119 Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Logan County Sheriff's Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. 

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs in the Southern District of West Virginia, Goodwin said.

Michael Fortuna was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston in Charleston.