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Federal correctional officer, girlfriend face drug charges

By Staff reports

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- A correctional officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Beckley was arrested Wednesday in Fayette County and charged with drug trafficking offenses.

James Howard Butcher, 41, of Fayetteville, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (both felonies) and conspiracy to commit a felony.

His girlfriend, Misty Irene Goodwin, 35, of Ivydale, was also arrested and faces the same charges.

Police found a large amount of 20-milligram roxycodone pills with an estimated value of more than $3,000 when they searched a house in the Whispering Oaks subdivision in Fayetteville, according to a news release from Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler.

Police also found more than $4,000 in cash and numerous firearms at the house, the release states. An informant had allegedly bought prescription pills from someone who lives at the house earlier that day.

Butcher was released from jail after posting $100,000 bond. Goodwin remains in the Southern Regional Jail on $100,000 bail.

State Police in Clay County initiated the investigation, the release states. Police say Goodwin was buying the pills in Clay County and taking them to Butcher in Fayette County, where the pair sold them.

"It's always incredibly disappointing when a law enforcement officer engages in criminal conduct of this nature," Kessler said in the release. "No one is above the law, however, and Mr. Butcher must face the same possible penalties, should he be convicted of these crimes, as any other criminal defendant."


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