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Two plead in oxycodone case

Nov. 03, 2012 @ 11:35 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A local man and a Huntington woman have pleaded guilty to charges related to the distribution of oxycodone.

Joseph Dre Moore and Rita Evette Johnson pleaded guilty to having conspired with each other and additional parties to distribute oxycodone in Huntington and the surrounding area.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers set sentencing for Feb. 4, 2013.

Separate plea agreements date Moore's involvement from September 2009 to May 3, 2012, while Johnson's participation was more brief, spanning just a period of days in April 2011.

Moore, 33, signed an agreement with prosecutors in which he admitted he worked with sources in Detroit for several years to funnel various drugs into the Tri-State, however his conviction pertained exclusively to oxycodone.

The agreement links Moore to multiple incidents with the powerful prescription painkiller. That includes a transaction involving nine pills Sept. 22, 2009, and at least 60 pills to a person he lived with beginning in December 2009 and January 2010.

Moore met up with Johnson in spring 2011, according to agreements signed by both defendants.

Those agreements state Johnson obtained at least 2,700 oxycodone pills from Detroit and used others to take the drugs to Moore in Huntington via automobile or commercial bus. That included an April 20, 2011, incident when Johnson paid another woman $250 to transport 600 oxycodone pills by bus.

Man sentenced in oxymorphone case

In an unrelated case, Chambers ordered a 3-year, 10-month prison sentence for Shawn Robert Gallian. The defendant had pleaded guilty to distributing oxymorphone, a powerful prescription painkiller.

Gallian signed an agreement with prosecutors admitting he arranged for and sold four oxymorphone pills to an informant for $240. The transaction took place Jan. 16 at Gallian's residence in the 800 block of 4th Street West.

Federal prosecutors, in exchange for Gallian's plea, agreed to dismiss two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The dismissed counts stemmed from an August 2000 conviction in which Gallian had been found guilty of attempting to commit a felony, according to the indictment. That case was prosecuted in Cabell Circuit Court.