Harts man pleads guilty to drug crime

Staff Report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Lincoln County man pled guilty Wednesday, July 13, to a federal drug crime. Aaron Hatfield, 37, of Harts, entered his guilty plea to obtaining controlled substances by fraud and misrepresentation.

Hatfield admitted that on January 6, 2016, he acquired a family member’s key to Chapmanville Pharmacy through misrepresentation and entered the building after normal business hours. Once inside, he obtained oxycodone, Xanax, and morphine pills. Hatfield moved pill bottles around in an effort to avoid detection, though he was recorded by the pharmacy’s video surveillance. He further admitted to obtaining 130 oxycodone pills, 50 Xanax pills, and eight 100 mg morphine pills. He also admitted that he did not have a valid prescription nor the authority to enter the pharmacy and obtain the pills.

Hatfield faces up to four years in federal prison when he is sentenced October 11, 2016.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.

Staff Report

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