Governor’s brother receives sentencing

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

June 26, 2014

Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, was sentenced to eight months’ home confinement and three years’ probation for distribution of oxymorphone, a powerful painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana according to Attorney General Booth Goodwin.

The prosecution is part Goodwin’s ongoing effort for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of pill and heroin.

Today’s sentence was imposed by United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.

Tomblin previously pleaded guilty to distribution of oxymorphone on March 25, 2014 after selling oxymorphone to a confidential police informant on five separate occasions in December 2013 and January 2014. Tomblin also admitted that he purchased and distributed oxymorphone for approximately eight months prior to January 2014.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn handled the prosecution.