Huntington Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

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

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison on federal drug charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Joseph Henry Harmic, 33, appeared before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers. Harmic had been convicted of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

He had pleaded guilty in October 2011.

Harmic admitted that on April 19, 2011, he was recruited by an associate to pick up known individuals at the Huntington Greyhound bus station.

Harmic also admitted that he knew it was probable that the individuals that he was due to pick up from the bus station would be in possession of controlled substances.

Harmic admitted that on April 20, 2011, he drove to the Greyhound station and picked up an adult, who was accompanied by a juvenile at the time.

The known individual and juvenile had been occupants on a bus traveling from Detroit to Huntington. After Harmic picked up the two individuals from the bus station, an officer with the Huntington Police Department conducted a traffic stop on the defendant’s vehicle.

Harmic's passenger admitted that she had controlled substances in her purse. A subsequent search of the purse revealed approximately 600 30-milligram oxycodone tablets and 90 40-milligram oxymorphone tablets.

Harmic waived his Miranda rights and agreed to be interviewed by police. Harmic admitted that he distributed small quantities of oxycodone during several months prior to April 2011.

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