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Member of Upstate Oxycodone Conspiracy Sentenced to 70 Months Imprisonment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2013

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Ashley Marie Evans, age 25, of Swannanoa, North Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Greenville for her involvement in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 846. Senior United States District Judge Henry M. Herlong of Greenville sentenced Evans to 70 months imprisonment.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation on Evans and Leroy Roberts, who has pled but is awaiting sentencing, after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip that their trailer in Travelers Rest experienced much traffic that appeared to be drug related. In partnership with federal authorities, deputies began an investigation and confirmed the information provided by the tip. On May 25, 2010, deputies obtained a search warrant for the trailer. Inside they located weapons, cash, hydrocodone, marijuana, clonazepam, oxycodone, and alprazolam.

Based on the results of the search and investigation, law enforcement learned that Evans and Roberts were selling as many as 2000 prescription pain killer tablets per month to addicts in the upstate of South Carolina. They operated this illegal business seven days a week and earned an estimated $226,000 from the sale of drugs.

The case was investigated by agents of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

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