MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia pharmacist has pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.

News outlets report a statement from the U.S Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Scott Tingler admitted to illegally distributing oxycodone and filing a false tax return.

The statement says Tingler conspired with others to distribute more than 7,400 grams of oxycodone in Monongalia County and elsewhere from 2014 to 2018. It says he also underreported his income.

As part of the plea, Tingler agreed to relinquish his pharmacy license, to pay 28% of his unreported gross income and to forfeit assets worth $1.8 million.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies conducted a raid last year on two pharmacies and a home Tingler owned as part of an investigation into pharmacy practices.

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