Two W.Va. Men Sentenced on Federal Prescription Drug Charges

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

UPDATE 7/16/12 @ 11 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Putnam County man and a Huntington man were sentenced Monday to prison on federal drug charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Kevin Caleb Barrett, 23, of Red House, W.Va., received four years and three months in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs.

Barrett previously pleaded guilty in April to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxymorphone, also known as Opana.

On Nov. 18, 2011, law enforcement officers with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) utilized a confidential informant to make a controlled purchase of oxymorphone pills from the defendant. Barrett admitted that at the time, he served as the middle-man to complete an illegal pill transaction between the informant and his known associate.

Barrett further admitted that the informant picked him up in Dunbar, W.Va., and drove to a predetermined location in Huntington, W.Va.

The defendant admitted that when they arrived in Huntington, he met with Jacob Hatfield and gave Hatfield $1,250 in exchange for 25 40-milligram oxymorphone pills. Following the illegal transaction, Barrett returned to the vehicle and gave the pills to the informant.

Hatfield, 26, of Huntington, was sentenced Monday to six and a half years in federal prison for his part in the illegal prescription drug activity.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/12
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Huntington man has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of Opana.

Jacob Hatfield, 26, admitted that on November 18, 2011, he sold 25 Opana Pills in exchange for $1,250 to an informant with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team.

Officers approached Hatfield after the sale and he allowed them to search him and his vehicle. They found a backpack in the vehicle which had 1185 Opana pills and more than 40 Oxycodone pills.

They also found 15 Opana pills on Hatfield, along with 30 Oxycodone pills and two Suboxone pills.

Hatfield also had $33,165 in cash on him.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced in July.


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