OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
Betsy C. Jividen
Acting UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
February 19, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wheeling Resident Sentenced for
Role in Oxycodone Conspiracy
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 56 year old Wheeling, West Virginia, resident was sentenced on February 19, 2010, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
Acting United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that ALICE SCHOOLCRAFT was sentenced to three years probation, with the first six months being served under home confinement, for her role in a conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone. SCHOOLCRAFT entered a plea of guilty on July 24, 2009, admitting she was involved in a conspiracy with Frank Burdette and Willard Humes, both of whom have been sentenced for their roles. As part of the conspiracy, Humes would have his prescription for Oxycontin filled at a Martins Ferry pharmacy and provide those pills to Frank Burdette who then supplied a portion of those pills to SCHOOLCRAFT who sold them to users for $30 per pill.
The investigation revealed the group was selling Humes’ prescriptions for at least six months and perhaps as long as a year. SCHOOLCRAFT admitted selling at least 300 Oxycontin pills during the conspiracy.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr as part of the Operation Pill Broker initiative. The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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