Pharmacist Found Guilty

Pikeville, KY — A West Virginia has been found guilty in federal court of conspiring to dispense and distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone. A federal jury in Pikeville found Jackson Noel guilty of unlawfully dispensing oxycodone and oxymorphone pills from the pharmacy he owns, Buffalo Drug, Inc. in Buffalo, West Virginia, to out of state customers, including customers from Kentucky. Noel dispensed the pills on a cash only basis. According to the indictment, Noel began conspiring and distributing the drugs in June 2015 through December 2016 in Pike County and elsewhere. According to Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, “The jury’s verdict ensures that Noel will be held accountable for his actions.” In a Facebook post, Noel wrote “the government did not prove conspiracy. I was convicted for filling questionable but legal prescriptions for cash only which was my policy from the very beginning.” Noel will be sentenced in December and faces up to 20 years in prison, as well as a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervision after release.

                                                                     Jackson Noel