CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s brother has been charged with selling painkillers.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced Wednesday afternoon Carl Tomblin, 50, of Chapmanville, distributed oxymorphone, also called Opana, in the Chapmanville area. The sell happened on Dec. 6, 2013.
Gov. Tomblin said Wednesday it was a very difficult day for his family.
“I am saddened by my brother’s actions and I am disappointed in him, but I love him,” Tomblin said in a prepared statement.
The governor went on to say his brother must be held accountable for his actions.
“Like everyone dealing with drug addiction, my brother needs help,” Tomblin said. “I’ve said many times that drug addiction can affect any family and it has affected mine. I thank you for your prayers during this challenging time.”
Goodwin said the case is being investigated by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police and is part of an ongoing prescription drug investigation in southern counties.
An information was filed against Carl Tomblin which generally indicates the defendant is cooperating with authorities.