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Ohio man caught in Hurricane drug buy sentenced

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Authorities say an undercover drug buy in Hurricane led to the discovery of hundreds of prescription painkillers and more than $17,000 in an Ohio man's home.

Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Chambers sentenced Wesley Alan Wood, 32, of Proctorville, Ohio, to two years in federal prison Monday. Wood pleaded guilty in April to distribution of oxycodone, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a release.

Wood met a confidential informant in the parking lot of the Hurricane Walmart to sell pills in March 2010. He then took the informant, who was working for the Metro Drug Unit, to Budget Inn Motel and sold him 85 80-milligram oxycodone tablets, according to the release.

Wood's wife, Kristina, drove him and the informant back to the store where Wood repeatedly asked where the informant's car was parked. After they failed to locate the informant's car, Wood placed a 9-millimeter pistol in his lap and told the informant to get out of his vehicle.

Officers stopped the couple shortly after they left the parking lot. A search turned up the pistol, 71 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and 14 40-milligram oxycodone tablets. A search of Wood's Proctorville home turned up $17,453 in cash, two pistols, hundreds of prescription pills including 300 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and 166 7.5-milligram hydrocodone tablets.

Officers also seized a 2000 Lincoln Town Car purchased by Wood with drug money.

The Metro Drug Unit, federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Huntington police investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Adams handled prosecution.

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