EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCorrectional Officer At Federal Beckley Prison Faces Drug Charges
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 29, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 29, 2013 1:25 PM EDT
Fayetteville, Fayette County
A correctional officer employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Beckley has been arrested in connection with drug trafficking offenses.
James Howard Butcher, 41, of Fayetteville was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. He is a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley.
Investigators said they believe Butcher’s girlfriend, Misty Irene Goodwin, 35, of Ivydale, was obtaining prescriptions and then transporting them to Fayetteville, where she and Butcher then sold the pills.
Officers with the Central Drug Task Force, assisted by West Virginia State Police, served a search warrant Wednesday at a residence in the Whispering Oaks subdivision of Fayetteville. Officers seized a large quantity of 20 milligram Roxycodone prescription pills with an estimated street value of more than $3,000 and more than $4,000 in cash, the release said.
A large number of firearms, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, also were seized from the residence. The search warrant was issued after investigators made a controlled purchase of prescription pills from the occupant earlier in that day.
Goodwin, Butcher’s girlfriend, also was charged with the same felony offenses as Butcher, the release said.
Deputies said Butcher was arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court and was released on $100,000 bond. Goodwin was being held in the Southern Regional Jail.
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