CHARLESTON – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Joseph Allen Rogers, 41, of Chapmanville, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for selling the powerful prescription painkiller oxymorphone, commonly known as Opana. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. in Charleston.
Rogers previously pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone. As part of the plea, Rogers admitted that he sold Opana to a confidential informant on three separate occasions on April 14, 15, and 16, 2014. Officers with the U.S. 119 Task Force also executed a search warrant on Rogers’ residence in Chapmanville and located additional oxymorphone, oxycodone, cash, and a firearm.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is responsible for the prosecution.
The prosecution was brought as part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.