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Conway Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges Based on Conspiracy to Sell Prescription Pain Killers

December 3, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Julie Hardee Winnell, age 37, of Conway, SC, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Winnell purchased and sold Oxycodone and Roxycodone with various individuals from October 2009 until April 2012.  Winnell was also involved with forging prescriptions, which she provided to other individuals to be used to obtain Oxycodone and Roxycodone.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Winnell can receive is a fine of $1,000,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 20 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by agents of the DEA Diversion.  Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.

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