Man faces prison for prescription drugs
A Summers County man could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a hefty fine after admitting he made phone calls to sell pills he possessed without a prescription, authorities said.
Michael Harshaw Jr., 37, of Hinton pleaded guilty Thursday to using a telephone to facilitate a felony drug offense and possession of Xanax without a prescription before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Harshaw admitted to setting up a drug deal during an October 2012 telephone conversation with a person cooperating with police. He met with the informant a few days later and sold them five oxycodone pills.
A search of his home later turned up 17 Xanax pills, the release said. He did not have a prescription for the pills.
Harshaw faces a $500,000 fine in addition to prison time when he is sentenced June 26.
Unrelated, Berger also sentenced William Smith, 40, of Crab Orchard to a year and two months in federal prison for selling oxycodone.
Smith pleaded guilty in November 2013, admitting that he sold two oxycodone pills to a police informant in January 2013 at his Crab Orchard home.