Several people are sentenced in Federal Court in Beckley

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Sophia woman was sentenced in federal court in Beckley for a federal drug offense.  Andrea Austin, age 43, of Sophia, West Virginia  was sentenced to five years of probation plus 100 hours of community service.  Austin previously pled guilty in February of 2015, to distributing heroin to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on East Camilia Street in Sophia. 

This case was investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and is being prosecuted under the Beckley Pill Initiative directed by the United States Attorney’s Office.

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led 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 United States 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.


BECKLEY, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Christopher Lee Saunders, 42, of Beckley, West Virginia, plead guilty in federal court in Beckley to distributing oxymorphone.  Saunders admitted that on January 22, 2015, he sold oxymorphone to a confidential informant working with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on the WalMart parking lot located at Robert C. Byrd Drive in MacArthur, West Virginia.   

Saunders faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.  United States District Judge Irene C. Berger scheduled the sentencing for October 8, 2015. 

 

The Beckley/Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Unit conducted the investigation.

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led 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 United States 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.  


BECKLEY, WV – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Kenyata E. Smith, 34, of Beckley, West Virginia pleaded guilty in federal court in Beckley to passing counterfeit money. Smith admitted that on April 6, 2014, she passed $100 in counterfeit money at the Dairy Queen in Beaver, West Virginia. 

 

Smith, who is scheduled to be sentenced on October 21, 2015, faces up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

 

This case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Eric Bacaj is handling the prosecution.


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