By CHAD ABSHIRE
A Mingo County man faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.
Terry Kevin Steele, 41, recently pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charge in federal court before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.
On Nov. 17, 2011, deputies with the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department responded to a robbery complaint at the Super 8 Motel in Huntington. At the time, deputies approached Steele who subsequently consented to a search of his room which he had rented, a press release from the office of R. Booth Goodwin II, United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, stated.
During the search, officers seized a total of 1,379 oxycodone tablets in varying strengths as well as a .38 caliber revolver.
Steele admitted that he possessed the oxycodone tablets and had intended to sell the tablets to individuals in Mingo County.
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.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, remain committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District,” the release stated.
The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department and the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams is in charge of the prosecution.
Steele will be sentenced on Aug. 20.