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Man charged with marijuana, pill conspiracy

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Federal prosecutors have charged a man with conspiring to traffic marijuana and the prescription painkiller hydrocodone.

The two-count indictment, unsealed this month, charges Brandon Lee Madden. It describes a conspiracy dating from October 2012 to July 24, 2013, when Madden conspired with others to distribute and possess the drugs near Huntington.

The ending date coincides with another incident near Huntington. The indictment charges Madden intentionally attempted to possess with intent to distribute hydrocodone on July 24.

In the event of a conviction, prosecutors hope to seize $16,640 and a 2013 Dodge Durango seized as part of the investigation. Authorities took the cash July 24, followed by the Durango on Sept. 23, according to the indictment.

Madden is scheduled to make an initial appearance Jan. 6, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl A. Eifert.

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