The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 24, 2013

Hinton pill dealer pleads guilty in court

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Hinton resident Michael Harshaw Jr., 36, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone Thursday in U.S. District Court in Beckley, U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin announced.

On Oct. 3, 2012, Harshaw sold in his home five oxycodone tablets to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Oct. 10 by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney John File is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.