The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 21, 2013

Fayette County man sentenced to two years for selling oxycodone

CHARLESTON — Michael Terry Coleman, 48, of Page, was sentenced last week to two years in federal prison for selling oxycodone, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Coleman pleaded guilty in October 2012 to distribution of oxycodone. He admitted that on April 12, 2012, he sold three 30-milligram oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  Coleman further admitted that the illegal pill transaction took place at his Fayette County residence.

The defendant also admitted that he sold oxycodone on other occasions, including an April 24, 2012 illegal pill transaction where the he sold two 30-milligram oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement. Coleman admitted he is responsible for distributing a total of approximately 150 30-milligram pills.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.   

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 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 in communities across the Southern District.