A Detroit man who illegally sold thousands of powerful prescription painkillers in and around the Huntington area was sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison.
Robert Louis Smith, 40, pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court to distribution of oxycodone. Prosecutors said Smith was arrested after he sold 229 pills to a police informant at a McDonald's restaurant on Hal Greer Boulevard.
Authorities said Smith had sold a total of nearly 12,000 oxycodone pills between June 2009 and March 2010.
U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin said, "Every time we put a law-breaking pill dealer out of business, it's a big step toward getting this problem under control."I hope this conviction sends a clear message: there are consequences when you peddle poison in our communities."