The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 2, 2013

Businessman sentenced for selling painkillers

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

A Nicholas County man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court by Judge Thomas E. Johnston to five years in federal prison for selling morphine. Ralph Donald Bryant II, 41, of Summersville, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to distribution of morphine.

He admitted that on Aug. 4, 2010, he sold one morphine tablet to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities in exchange for $120 at his auto care business located in Summersville.

Bryant also admitted that from the fall of 2007 until April 11, 2011, he distributed multiple controlled substances including oxymorphone and oxycodone in and around the Nicholas County area.

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