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Three Law Enforcement Agencies Get Cash Forfeited in Pill Case


Law enforcement agencies have received more than $1 million in forfeited cash for their participation in an investigation of a Barboursville pharmacy owner.

Federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service announced the award Wednesday for the Charleston and Huntington police departments and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation led to the convictions of 19 people on federal charges, including 15 local drug dealers, two out-of-state drug suppliers and a pharmacy owner.

Prosecutors say a search of the suppliers’ home in Florida turned up bottles of oxycodone filled at A+ Care Pharmacy.

More than 50,000 pills, $2 million in cash and a luxury vehicle were seized from the pharmacy owner’s home. The owner, Kofe Agyekum, was sentenced in August to more than five years for avoiding federal cash reporting requirements.