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Governor's brother to plead guilty to drug charge, feds say

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to schedule a hearing for the brother of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to plead guilty to a drug charge.

Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, is charged in federal court with selling oxymorphone, an opioid painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana.

On Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Haley Bunn filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver to schedule a "guilty plea hearing" for Carl Tomblin. He was charged Wednesday in an information, which is similar to an indictment, but generally means the defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.

The information, which has only one sentence of detail, says Carl Tomblin "intentionally distributed" oxymorphone near Chapmanville "on or about Dec. 6, 2013."

Oxymorphone is a Schedule II drug, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to severe dependence, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The governor released a statement after his brother's arrest saying he was "saddened by my brother's actions, and I am disappointed in him -- but I love him."


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