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Man sentenced for drug conspiracy

A Logan County man who admitted he helped bring prescription painkillers to West Virginia from Florida to sell will spend the next 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston sentenced Michael Ray Fortuna, 45, of Peach Creek, Wednesday to 10 years and one month in prison. Fortuna pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Fortuna told authorities he organized a "pill distribution scheme" involving his 36-year-old brother, Ronald Fortuna, who also was charged, and others. Ronald Fortuna was sentenced to two years in prison in November for conspiracy.

From 2008 until 2011, Michael Fortuna obtained oxycodone from sources in Florida to sell in from his Crooked Creek Road home in Logan County. There were some instances where he or someone else involved traveled to Florida to retrieve the pills and others when the pills were mailed to him.

Investigators with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted and searched a package from Palm Bay, Fla., intended for Fortuna in April 2011. Inside they found 1,789 30-milligram oxycodone pills. Fortuna told investigators he had also mailed $30,000 cash to Florida to pay for the pills.

Michael Fortuna was named as the head of the scheme in July 2011 when one of his associates was stopped at a Florida airport while attempting to smuggle more than 1,300 oxycodone pills onto an airplane to West Virginia.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. 119 Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Logan Sheriff's Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks handled prosecution.


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