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April 5, 2013

Ohio man indicted on drug distribution charge

An Ohio man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with illegal drug distribution and firearm possession offenses in the New Richmond area of Wyoming County.

According to a five-count indictment returned Tuesday, Thomas William Dyer Jr., 56, of Bloomingburg, allegedly sold hydromorphone, a powerful prescription painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid, on Oct. 14, 2011, near New Richmond.

The indictment also alleges that Dyer sold oxycodone in January 2012 and that he used a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime in January 2012.

If convicted, Dyer faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each drug charge and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the firearm charge.

The investigations were conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Joseph F. Adams and Joshua Hanks are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide commitment to reducing gun crime in the U.S. by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

The matters are also being 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.

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