A Nicholas County man who sold prescription painkillers out of his Richwood home will spend the next eight years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston handed down the sentence to Carlos Copen, 23, Monday. Copen, also known as "Jasper," pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone in June, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.
Copen sold oxycodone pills at his home to a confidential informant working for the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force in May 2011. Authorities said Copen also participated in numerous other pill transactions in Nicholas County.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Frail handled prosecution.