- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a West Virginia mayor on a charge of distributing oxycodone.

The indictment unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston alleges that Pratt Mayor Gary Alan Fields sold the drug on April 23. Fields will be arraigned June 11.

The Charleston Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Gl8Ksy ) that after two previous arrests, residents petitioned for Fields’ removal from office. A three-judge panel appointed by the state Supreme Court rejected the petition last year, and Pratt is seeking another term in Tuesday’s town elections.

Christian Capece, the federal public defender representing Fields, declined to comment on the new charge when contacted by The Associated Press.

Fields is free on $10,000 bond.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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