Man to be jailed for oxycodone distribution

December 22, 2017 GMT

HUNTINGTON — A Wayne County man who assisted others in distributing oxycodone in the Fort Gay area in 2015 and 2016 was sentenced Monday to a year and a half in federal prison, according to U.S. Attorney Carol Casto.

Dennis Ransbottom Jr., 32, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

Between November 2015 and November 2016, Ransbottom participated in the conspiracy with others, including an oxycodone source from Detroit, according to a news release from Casto’s office. During the conspiracy, the source frequently transported oxycodone pills from Michigan to Fort Gay to distribute, and would notify Ransbottom upon arrival in West Virginia. Ransbottom agreed to introduce individuals to the source or otherwise arrange for customers to meet the source to buy pills.

On Nov. 29, 2016, Ransbottom was arrested along with another person while they were meeting outside of the Pit Stop gas station in Fort Gay. Investigators located and seized a total of 382 30-miligram oxycodone tablets during the arrest.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution, and U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.