The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 17, 2014

Raleigh men sentenced, plead to drug charges

Three Raleigh County men were sentenced Thursday for drug charges in federal court, and a two others pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Melvin Brooks, 42, of Beaver, was sentenced to two years in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to distributing a quantity of oxycodone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities on Beaver Avenue in Beckley.

Ronnie Tolliver, 57, of MacArthur, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in March to distributing a quantity of hydromorphone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities on Bethel Road in MacArthur.

Joseph Underwood, 39, of Stanaford, was also sentenced to 10 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in April to distributing a quantity of oxycodone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities on Cunningham Avenue in Stanaford.

U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger delivered the sentences.

Tyrone Amar, 37, of Crab Orchard, pleaded guilty Thursday to distributing oxycodone in October 2013 to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities on Cunningham Avenue in Stanaford. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He will be sentenced Nov. 6.

Jason Kaylor, 31, of Beckley, pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in October 2013 to a person cooperating with law enforcement on Cunningham Avenue in Stanaford. He now faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. He will be sentenced Oct. 30.

These cases were investigated by the Beckley Raleigh County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and are being prosecuted under the Beckley Pill Initiative directed by the United States Attorney’s Office.    

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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