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Beckley WV woman sentenced to year in prison for dealing oxycodone

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A Beckley woman has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for dealing drugs. US

. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Phyllis Morris, 38, had pleaded guilty in January to distributing oxycodone, a prescription pain killer, in the Beckley area. Morris admitted she sold drugs to a confidential informant working with the Beckley Police Department's drug unit in March 2013. The deal took place at a restaurant/bar in Shady Spring, he said.

The case was investigated by the Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit.

In other cases:

Deandre Coleman, 22, and Jamaal Davis, 23, were sentenced to five years of probation after admitting they sold drugs to a confidential informant.

Coleman admitted in January he sold crack cocaine in July to a confidential informant working with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team, while Davis admitted to selling heroin to the same informant in June. Both deals took place at Coleman's Roane Street residence.

A 63-year-old Ashford man admitted to dealing heroin in and around Boone County.

James Harry Barker told the court he sold several hundred heroin “stamps” in the Boone County area from the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2013.

Cash and evidence of drug distribution were seized when officers executed a search warrant at Barker's home and a bar he operated, Firebug's. Goodwin said Barker admitted the money seized from his home and business was the product of drug sales.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison at sentencing, set for Aug. 6.

His case was investigated by the U.S. 119 Drug Task force and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn.

Brandon Christopher Solomon, 19, of Charleston, was sentenced to six months in federal prison for dealing heroin.

Solomon sold heroin to a police informant on three occasions in August – once inside the Charleston Town Center Mall, the others on Charleston's west side.

Solomon, who entered his guilty plea in December, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

Hubert Dwayne Messer, 43, of Gay has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and possession of stolen firearms.

Goodwin said Jackson County Sheriff's deputies who searched Messer's home on Stonelick Road, Gay, seized hydrocodone, more than $35,000 and five stolen firearms.

Messer admitted distributing oxycodone in and around Jackson County from at least 2004 until February 2013, Goodwin said

He faces up to 30 years in federal prison at sentencing, set for Aug. 6.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.