The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 26, 2013

Man admits to loaded pistol, oxycodone


— An Ohio man who possessed a loaded pistol and powerful prescription pain pills in January pleaded guilty today to a federal charge.

Thomas William Dyer Jr., 56, of Bloomingburg, Ohio, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. Dyer possessed a loaded .38 caliber pistol and oxycodone pills Jan. 20 at a residence near New Richmond in Wyoming County.

Dyer was arrested following a controlled drug buy that took place in New Richmond. During a search, police also found a total of six firearms and 130 oxycodone pills at a residence near New Richmond.

Dyer faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 14.

The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Hanks is in charge of the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.

This case is 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.