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Beckley, West Virginia man admits he got his girlfriend to help him steal oxycodone from pharmacy where she worked

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A Beckley, West Virginia man admitted he coaxed his girlfriend into helping him steal oxycodone from the pharmacy where she once worked, selling some and keeping the rest for his own use.

Daniel Michael Koehler, 30, said he and his girlfriend, who had been a pharmacy technician at ByPass Pharmacy in Beckley, avoided detection by committing the theft beyond the view of security cameras positioned in the area in which ByPass stores its drugs.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Koehler faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing, set for Dec. 4.

His case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In other cases:

*Seth Allen Carr, 24, of Alderson, West Virginia, admitted he used a phone to make a drug deal in April in Lewisburg, then sold heroin to a confidential informant. U.S. District Judge Irene Berger has scheduled sentencing for Jan. 8.

Carr's case was investigated by the Greenbrier Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John File.

*Shannon T. Murray, 42, of Elkview, West Virginia, has admitted to aiding in the distribution of oxycodone.

Murray said in February 2013 he transported oxycodone pills to a Kirkwood Drive residence, where they were then sold to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. Shortly after police searched the residence and recovered the money used by the confidential informant to buy the drugs from Murray, and also found additional oxycodone pills. Murray was in the residence when officers arrived.

Goodwin said he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing, set for Nov. 12..

His case was investigated by the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.

*Leonard Dillon, 58, of Bim, Boone County, West Virginia has admitted to dealing heroin. Dillon said he sold heroin to a police informant in March 2013, and said he sold heroin and oxycodone to an informant on four other occasions.

Goodwin said he faces faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine at sentencing, set for Dec. 4.

Dillon's case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boone County sheriff and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald.

*Gene James, 44, of Crab Orchard, West Virginia, has been sentenced to six months in prison for selling oxycodone to an individual in Sophia, West Virginia who was cooperating with police

His case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.