Third person admits guilt in Huntington oxy conspiracy

March 9, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON - A Huntington woman admitted Monday to her role in a drug conspiracy in which she and two others attempted to sell 500 oxycodone pills to an undercover agent in Huntington last year.

Lorie A. Mayhon, 43, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison at her June 4 sentencing. Her co-defendants Joseph Melbar and Curtis Holcomb previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy and also face up to 20 years in federal prison.

According to U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Mayhon admitted she assisted in arranging the Sept. 15 sale of oxycodone pills to a confidential informant who was working with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The drug deal was scheduled to take place at a residence along Collis Avenue in Huntington, where the informant met with Mayhon and co-defendants Melbar and Holcomb to complete the transaction.

An agreement was made to sell 500 oxycodone pills for $20,000, and the group left the home to acquire the pills.

After the pills were obtained, a trooper with the West Virginia State Police conducted a traffic stop on Artisan Avenue in Huntington. The trooper seized 454, 30-miligram oxycodone pills Holcomb had concealed in his sock.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams led prosecution for the case against Mayhon, which was heard by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.