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A Lincoln County, West Virginia couple, their son and their son's fiance have all admitted to selling oxycodone.

Pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Charleston to federal drug charges were Larry Wayne Lawson, 54, of West Hamlin; his wife, Tina Taylor Lawson, 37; their son, Jason Wayne Lawson, 30, and their son's fiance, Tia Estep, 28, of Seymour, Tennessee.

Larry Lawson and his wife admitted they sold five oxycodone pills to a police informant in August 2013.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the informant had texted the Lawsons to find out if they had any pills for sale, and Tina Lawson responded via text message, telling the informant to meet them at their home on Bear Creek in West Hamlin, West Virginia. When the confidential informant arrived at the Lawson's home, Larry Lawson sold him five oxycodone pills for $200.

The following day, the same informant called Larry Lawson and arranged to purchase more of the oxycodone.

All four defendants face up to 20 years in prison at sentencing, set for Nov. 20.

Their case was investigated by the Huntington Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.

In other cases, Jimmy Dale Wright, 57, of Rock, West Virginia, was sentenced to a year in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for selling hydromorphone, a prescription pain medication.

Wright admitted he'd sold pills to an individual cooperating with police in Lashmeet, Mercer County in August 2013.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation.

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