CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Florida man who admitted to selling prescription painkillers in Putnam County will spend three years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers sentenced Jason Corley Padgett, 36, of Hampton, Fla., Monday, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Padgett pleaded guilty in July to illegal distribution of oxycodone.
Padgett told authorities he sold oxycodone to a confidential informant working for the Metro Drug Unit in September 2010. He said some of the transactions occurred in Florida but most involved him shipping pills to Winfield, Goodwin said.
Padgett said he provided banking information to the informant so money could be deposited into an account before the pills were shipped.
Bank records show more than $43,000 in cash deposits were made to Padgett's account. Thirteen packages were shipped via FedEx to the informant between November 2010 and February 2011.
Authorities had the informant arrange to purchase 200 30-milligram oxycodone pills from Padgett in Jacksonville, Fla., on April 6, 2011. Padgett arrived at the location and was immediately taken into custody.
Officers found a loaded .38-caliber revolver and 234 oxycodone tablets in Padgett's rental vehicle.
The Putnam Sheriff's Office, Metro Drug Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks handled prosecution.