CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's brother is facing a federal drug distribution charge.
A federal information charges 50-year-old Carl Tomblin of Chapmanville with illegally distributing oxymorphone, a prescription painkiller, on Dec. 6, 2013, at or near Chapmanville. An information typically signals the defendant is cooperating with the investigation.
"Today is a very difficult day for me and my family," the governor said Wednesday. "I am saddened by my brother's actions, and I am disappointed in him — but I love him. My brother must be held accountable for his actions. Like everyone dealing with drug addiction, my brother needs help. 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."
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said in a news release that the charge stems from an investigation by the U.S. 119 Task Force and the West Virginia State Police.
A telephone number for Carl Tomblin rang unanswered Wednesday.