- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A California man has been charged in federal court in West Virginia as part of a painkiller distribution ring.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Mario Garcia of Van Nuys, California was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Garcia was indicted last week on charges of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone.

Prosecutors say Garcia was responsible for thousands of oxycodone pills to be shipped to Marshall County, West Virginia, for illegal distribution. Five other people have already been prosecuted and convicted in West Virginia as part of the same investigation.

If convicted, Garcia faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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