Another SP man sentenced for pill trafficking

Published 2:13 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2013

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Another South Point man has been sent to prison in connection with selling pills in West Virginia.

Jeffrey Allen King, 48, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison in U.S. District Court in Huntington, W.Va., for a charge of conspiracy to distribute quantities of oxycodone and oxymorphone.

King, who pleaded guilty in May, was an employee at Little Garage on the Corner in Huntington. He was accused of helping Vernon Browning, 45, also of South Point, obtain prescription pain pills for distribution.

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Browning was sentenced to more than five years in prison in July for distribution of oxycodone.

Prosecutors say Browning funded and organized trips to Atlanta, Ga. to obtain the pills. The pills were later brought back to Huntington and sold at the Little Garage on the Corner automotive shop.

In March 2012, Browning sold pills to an informant working for the Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force. A month earlier, law enforcement agents conducted a controlled buy at Browning’s Ohio residence. Prosecutors say police also intercepted a shipment of 240 pills from Georgia to Browning’s home earlier this year.