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Lincoln County residents Richard A. Mullins, John Freddie Joe Johnson and Joseph James Salmons have admitted to dealing oxycodone in their community, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin reports.

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force made a series of controlled oxycodone buys from Mullins and his associates, Goodwin said.

Mullins, 49, of West Hamlin, admitted in U.S. District Court in Charleston that he'd sold five 30 mg oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant in January 2013. He said met the informant in the parking lot of the Blossom Junction flower shop in West Hamlin and conducted the drug deal from his car. He also admitted to other drug sales in Lincoln County, Goodwin said.

Johnson, 37, also of West Hamlin admitted that on February 8, 2013, he assisted Mullins and Salmons sell oxycodone to a confidential informant outside of his residence.

Salmons, 24, of Hamlin admitted that on February 13, 2013, he and Mullins sold five oxycodone tablets to a confidential informant. He said the informant entered Mullins' home and gave him $200 for oxycodone which Mullins then handed to him. He said he handed the oxycodone to the informant. Salmons also admitted to other drug sales in Lincoln County, Goodwin said.

All three men face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, set for July 8.

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.