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Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone on March 25.

Tomblin also tested positive for the drug Benzodiazepine, commonly known as Valium or Xanax, the morning of his hearing on March 25, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

Tomblin made the guilty plea before U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. in Charleston.

According to officials, on five separate occasions in December 2013 Tomblin sold oxymorphone to a confidential informant in exchange for cash. Tomblin admitted to law enforcement officials he had been purchasing and distributing the drug from May 2013 to January 2014.

The investigation into his crime was conduced by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police with assistance from U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn.

The prosecution is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. 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 and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Original Story Feb. 26:

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin charged Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville in a Feb. 26 Information with illegally distributing prescription painkillers.

Tomblin is the brother of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

According to a news release from Goodwin's office, the investigation that led to Tomblin's charge of distributing oxymorphone, the painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana, was part of the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.

An Information is a formal accusation. When an Information is filed, the named individual is typically either cooperating in the investigation or has agreed to plead guilty. Click HERE to read it.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement saying it was a "very difficult day."

"I am saddened by my brother's actions, and I am disappointed in him — but I love him," the statement reads. "My brother must be held accountable for his actions.

"Like everyone dealing with drug addiction, my brother needs help. I've said many times that drug addiction can affect any family, and it has affected mine. I thank you for your prayers during this challenging time."

According to Goodwin's office, the prosecution is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is handling the prosecution.