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Man pleads guilty to possessing illegal pills

February 10, 2018 GMT

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - A Detroit man caught with oxycodone in September 2017 pleaded guilty Monday to a federal drug crime, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart.

Curtis Holcomb, 39, entered his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

On Sept. 15, 2017, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Virginia State Police Violent Crime and Drug Task Force used a confidential informant to arrange a purchase of 500 oxycodone pills from Holcomb, according to a news release. On his way to meet the informant, a trooper stopped Holcomb’s vehicle on Artisan Avenue in Huntington. Troopers searched Holcomb and recovered 454 30-milligram oxycodone pills in his sock. As part of the plea agreement, Holcomb admitted to all the drug trafficking activity charged in the indictment.

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Holcomb faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced May 7.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph F. Adams and Stephanie S. Taylor are handling the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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