Governor’s brother arrested on drug charges

Ron Gregory

February 26, 2014

CHARLESTON — Governor Earl Ray Tomblin expressed “disappointment” Wednesday regarding the drug-related arrest of his brother, Carl David Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville.

Carl Tomblin was formally charged with illegal drug distribution by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Goodwin said Carl Tomblin “distributed oxymorphine, a powerful painkiller often sold under the brand name Opana.”

The U.S. 119 task force and West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation leading to Carl Tomblin’s arrest.

Goodwin filed the information, normally indicating the person named has agreed to plead guilty, in federal district court.

Gov. Tomblin added, “Today is a very difficult day for me and my family. I thank you for your prayers during this challenging time.”

The prosecution is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District.

Assistant United States Attorney Haley Bunn is handling the prosecution.