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Gov. Tomblin's Brother Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

Reported: Mar. 25, 2014 12:16 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s brother pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal drug charge

Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone before United States District Judge John Copenhaver in Charleston, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

The release said Tomblin sold the powerful prescription painkiller oxymorphone, commonly sold under the brand name Opana. On five separate occasions in December 2013, Tomblin sold oxymorphone to a confidential informant in exchange for cash. Tomblin admitted to law enforcement that he had been purchasing and distributing oxymorphone from approximately May of 2013 through January of 2014.

Tomblin tested positive for the drug Benzodiazepine, commonly known as Valium or Xanax. As a result, the court ordered Tomblin released on home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Tomblin faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on June 25.



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