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Putnam man indicted on drug, weapon charges

Feb. 15, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

CHARLESTON — A Putnam County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of illegal distribution of oxycodone and heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to a nine-count indictment filed on Feb. 12, Terry Lee Hagan, 49, of Culloden, allegedly conspired to distribute oxycodone beginning in January 2012 until Aug. 21, 2012. The indictment also alleges he distributed oxycodone on five separate occasions, and that he distributed heroin on Aug. 6, 2012, and on Feb. 5, 2013. The indictment alleges that Hagan, a felon, had a loaded firearm on Aug. 21, 2012.

Hagan was previously convicted of five felonies between May 1981 and April 2012 in the Circuit Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.  

The indictment was announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Hagan faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.  

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory McVey is in charge of the prosecution.  

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs. 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 in communities across the Southern District.  

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.