Ohio man in illegal pill scheme sentenced to federal prison

An Ohio man who took part in illegal pill distribution scheme in Huntington was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Jeffrey Allen King, 48, of South Point, OH, pleaded guilty in May 2013 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, according to a press release from Goodwin's office. King started collaborating with Vernon Browning, 45, of South Point, in the summer of 2012. Browning is a convicted pill dealer and a Huntington auto mechanic.

King did welding labor for Browning in exchange for prescription pills. Browning sent King to several medical clinics to get prescription pills in 2012. The pills were then sold in Huntington.

Browning was sentenced to five years and 10 months in federal prison for distributing oxycodone earlier this year. He funded and organized dozens of trips to Atlanta to get oxycodone and oxymorphone pills. The pills were stored and sold at the Little Garage on the Corner shop in Huntington.

The Huntington Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted the investigation.

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