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Mingo County man sentenced in pill mail plot

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Mingo County man who sent more than 1,700 oxycodone pills through the mail was sentenced to four years in federal prison on Tuesday.

Patrick Warren Napier, 41, of Dingess, pleaded guilty in July to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

On April 29, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service intercepted a package at a facility in Logan County containing 1,789 30-miligram oxycodone pills, according to the release. Napier had mailed the package to his associate, Michael Ray Fortuna.

Napier told investigators that he expected payment once Fortuna sold the pills. Napier also told investigators that he obtained oxycodone pills from a supplier located in Florida in April 2011.

Fortuna, 45, of Peach Creek, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in January. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 19, 2013.   

 


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