Man sentenced in family-run oxycodone ring
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Verdunville man will spend 10 years in prison for his part in an apparent family-run oxycodone ring that operated in parts of Logan County.
U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver sentenced Wayne Anderson Vance, 39, Wednesday on distribution charges.
Vance admitted that from 2008 through 2010, he sold the drug in Verdunville and other parts of Logan County. He operated the ring out of his home in Verdunville, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
On March 25, 2010, Vance sold seven 80-milligram oxycodone pills to a federal informant for $700, the release states. He admitted to selling four and a half 80-milligram tablets to an informant the year before for $600.
Vance operated the ring along with his father, Ernest James Vance Sr., brother James Vance, and Dennis James Cooper. They received eight-, five- and four-year prison terms, respectively.
The investigation of the oxycodone ring also yielded a federal lawsuit against two State Police troopers, who have been accused of striking Anthony Baisden with a rifle butt during a raid of the Vance home in 2010.
Baisden, according to the lawsuit, was sleeping inside the home when the troopers entered and began shouting at him as if he were James Vance. When Baisden did not respond, one of the troopers struck him with the rifle.
The blow forced Baisden to undergo facial reconstruction surgery, the lawsuit states.
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