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FCO James Butcher pleads guilty on drug charges

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James Butcher pleaded guilty in a Fayette County Courtroom to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance. James Butcher pleaded guilty in a Fayette County Courtroom to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance.

Federal correctional officer, James Butcher appeared in a Fayette County courtroom on Monday, Jan. 27.  Butcher was charged with various charges connected with dealing drugs in Fayette and Clay Counties.  

On Monday, Butcher pleaded guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance.  The charges of Conspiracy and Possession of a Controlled Substance were dropped.  Butcher could get 1 to 15 years in jail and face up to a $25,000 fine.

The 41-year-old will be sentenced on March 10.


The Fayette County Sheriff's Office arrested a prison guard and his girlfriend on charges of selling prescription pills.

James Howard Butcher, 41, of Fayetteville is a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley.  He was arrested on Wednesday and is facing charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Delivery and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. 

"It's always incredibly disappointing when a law enforcement officer engages in criminal conduct of this nature," said Sheriff Kessler.  "No one is above the law, however, and Mr. Butcher must face the same possible penalties, should he be convicted of these crimes, as any other criminal defendant.  No one gets a free pass."

The arrest came after a search of Butcher's home by Officers with the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.  They found what investigators called "a large number" of 20mg Roxycodone prescription pills.  Sheriff Steve Kessler said that the street value of the pills is more than $3,000.  Officers also found $4,000 in cash as well as a large number of firearms.  The guns included rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Law enforcement officers also arrested Butcher's girlfriend, Misty Irene Goodwin, 35, of Ivydale in Clay County.  She faces the same charges as Butcher.  The two reportedly worked together to by the prescription pills in Clay County and re-sell them in the Fayetteville area.

"If you're dealing drugs in Fayette County, it's going to be investigated and if there's enough evidence, you're going to get charged," stated Kessler.