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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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

July 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Two Individuals Enter Pleas to
Controlled Substances Conspiracy

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Wheeling, West Virginia, residents entered pleas of guilty this week, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

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

RANDY JOE BOWE, JR., age 35, and ROBERT PRICE, age 30, entered pleas to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, including Oxycodone and Oxymorphone from November of 2011 to May 4, 2012, in Wheeling. A six-month long investigation of pill distribution in Wheeling revealed that BOWE was involved in “doctor shopping” trips to Florida and Missouri where he, and others, would obtain oxycodone and opana pills from clinics and return to Wheeling where the pills would be sold for profit. Pursuant to the plea, BOWE admitted obtaining, for redistribution by the conspiracy, more than 3,500 oxycodone pills. BOWE and PRICE also agreed to the forfeiture of $743 in drug proceeds, two Apple I-phones, an Apple I-Pad, a wireless surveillance camera system and a residence on South York Street, which were identified as proceeds from the drug activity.

BOWE, who is in custody pending sentencing, and PRICE, who is on bond pending sentencing, each face up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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