The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 1, 2013

Richwood man receives 8 years in prison for drugs

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— A Nicholas County man was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston to eight years in federal prison for his role in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy.

Carlos Copen, also known as “Jasper,” 23, of Richwood, pleaded guilty in June to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.

Copen sold oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working in cooperation with the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force on May 31, 2011, at Copen’s residence, according to court documents.

He also participated in numerous other illegal pill transactions in and around Nicholas County.

The investigation was conducted by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Frail handled the prosecution.