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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist


December 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Four Members of Oxycodone
Organization Appear in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals were sentenced and two individuals entered pleas of guilty on December 19, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

CHRISTOPHER GRIGG, age 24, of Bridgeport, Ohio, was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. GRIGG entered a plea of guilty on August 15, 2011, to two count of an Indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone from February of 2010 to March 26, 2011; and, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments from February of 2010 to April of 2011 in Ohio and Marshall counties. As part of his plea agreement, GRIGG must forfeit six firearms and $60,244. GRIGG was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

DONNA M. JONES, age 30, of Reno, Nevada, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. JONES entered a plea of guilty on October 11, 2011, to one count of conspiracy to engage in interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise from July of 2010 to September 2, 2010. JONES traveled in interstate commerce from the Northern District of West Virginia, to Jacksonville, Dayton Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida, to obtain prescription pills, mostly oxycodone, which were then redistributed within the Northern District of West Virginia. On August 9, 2010, JONES traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida, and obtained several hundred oxycodone pills and then returned to Moundsville, West Virginia, with the oxycodone pills after which they were distributed both in the Northern District of West Virginia and eastern Ohio by co-conspirators. JONES, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution. PRESS RELEASE

JENNIFER JOHNSON, age 35, of Moundsville, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments” from February of 2010 to April of 2011 in Ohio and Marshall counties. JOHNSON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $500,000.

FRED WILDERN, JR., also known as “Fast Freddy”, age 63, of Wheeling, West Virginia, entered a plea of guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone” from February of 2010 to March 26, 2011. As part of his plea, WILDERN must forfeit $7,200. WILDERN, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

The case was prosecuted by USA Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Martins Ferry Police Department, the Volusia Bureau of Investigations - Central Florida HIDTA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Orlando, Florida. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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