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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lincoln County Grandfather And Grandson Sentenced To Prison For Oxycodone Distribution

Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Wallace Adkins, 82, and his grandson, Timothy Harvey, 30, were sentenced to federal prison terms for their roles in the distribution of oxycodone in Lincoln County, West Virginia.  Adkins was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and Harvey was sentenced to three years and five months in prison.  The two family members had previously plead guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.

During their May 27, 2014, guilty plea hearing, Adkins and Harvey admitted that on March 26, 2013, a confidential informant (CI) working with law enforcement came to Adkins’  home in West Hamlin to buy oxycodone.  The CI gave Adkins $200.00.  Harvey then reached into Adkins’ shirt pocket, retrieved a bottle of pills, and gave the CI five oxycodone.  The men told the Court that they had been distributing oxycodone from Adkins’ home for over a year. 

The sentences were imposed by United States District Court Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. 

The case was investigated by the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman handled the prosecution. 

This case was 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 and heroin.  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 pills and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated January 7, 2015