CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Pennsylvania man faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a hefty fine after admitting he helped sell prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medications from a Charleston home.
Walter Parris, 31, of Allentown, pleaded guilty Monday to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and Xanax before U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Parris, also known as "Panna," was arrested April 29, 2012 after members of the Metro Drug Unit searched two homes on Charleston's West Side.
Detectives first searched a home at 723 Garvin Ave. after developing information that pills were being sold out of the house. Officers spotted Parris and others at a nearby home where he was then arrested. The search turned up Parris' luggage, which held a loaded .25-caliber pistol and various documents with Parris' name.
Investigators then learned Parris and an associate used the Garvin Avenue home to sell the pills but stored the drugs at a "stash house" at 818 West Ave., about a block away. A search of that home turned up a .45-caliber pistol, 520 Xanax pills, 93 oxycodone pills, marijuana, $3,740 in cash and more documents linked to Parris.
Parris also faces $1 million fine when he is sentenced Dec. 18.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica D. Coleman is handling prosecution.