Kanawha County Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Kanawha County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

Gary McFaddin, 48, of Tornado, W.Va., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

On June 13, 2012, members of the South Charleston Police Department and the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) seized a package while conducting drug interdiction operations at the United Parcel Service (UPS) distribution plant in South Charleston, W.Va.

After a drug-detecting K-9 unit gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs on the package, police obtained and executed a search warrant on the package. The package contained about 90 30-milligram oxycodone tablets and about 99 10-milligram hydrocodone tablets.

The package containing the quantity of tablets was addressed to “James Grimm” of Ferrell Road in St. Albans, W.Va.

Following the execution of the search warrant, a law enforcement officer conducted a controlled delivery of the package while disguised as a UPS delivery driver. McFaddin admitted that he identified himself as “James Grimm” and accepted delivery of the package. McFaddin further admitted that he intended to distribute the oxycodone and hydrocodone contained in the package.

McFaddin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Dec. 19 by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.

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