The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

October 18, 2013

Painkiller mailer sentenced to prison

A Florida man, who illegally mailed packages containing thousands of prescription painkiller pills to West Virginia residents, was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in federal prison.

Ryan D. Moore, 32, of Hillsborough County, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

From at least Oct. 15, 2010 and April 27, 2012, Moore mailed packages containing approximately 17,000 30-milligram oxycodone tablets to individuals located in West Virginia.

Moore sent more than 100 express mail packages from U.S. Postal Service facilities located near Tampa, Fla. to a post office box at Glen Fork. He also mailed packages to a location in Calvin, located in Nicholas County. All of the packages contained oxycodone tablets.

Moore received at least $330,000 in cash as payment for oxycodone tablets, which was then deposited by known individuals into Moore’s bank accounts during the scheme.

The packages mailed to Glen Fork were received by two Wyoming County residents, Christopher and Jennifer Brooks, from at least March 2010 until April 27, 2012.

Christopher Brooks, 36, and Jennifer Brooks, 29, both of Glen Fork, previously pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and money laundering charges. The couple received at least 130 express mail packages containing approximately 17,000 30-milligram oxycodone tablets between Oct. 15, 2010 and April 27, 2012.

As payment for the oxycodone pills, Mr. and Ms. Brooks deposited at least $300,000 cash into bank accounts that were owned by Moore.

Christopher Brooks was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison in August and Jennifer Brooks was sentenced to seven years in prison for her role in the scheme.

The packages mailed to Nicholas County were received by Keith Keiffer, 32, of Calvin. He received at least 15 express mail packages that contained approximately 1,400 30-milligram oxycodone tablets from Moore.

Keiffer, in exchange for the oxycodone tablets, deposited thousands of dollars into Moore’s bank accounts. Keiffer was sentenced to four years in federal prison in July.  

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

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