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November 29, 2012

Three Individuals Indicted in Pill Conspiracy
Enter Pleas of Guilty in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Three individuals entered pleas of guilty on November 28, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. for their roles in a Florida to West Virginia pill ring.

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

MILLIE F. ROUPE, age 34, of Moundsville, West Virginia, and DANA K. DEEM, age

32, of Deland, Florida, entered pleas of guilty to “Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances” from March of 2012 to September 12, 2012, in Moundsville.

JOHN T. BOWIE, III, age 39, of Longwood, Florida, entered a plea of guilty to
“Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances” on September 12,
2012, in Moundsville.

ROUPE, DEEM and BOWIE, who are free on bond pending sentencing, face up to 20 years imprisonment and a $1,000,000 fine.

In a joint investigation, involving the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the DEA, United State Postal Service, and the West Virginia State Police, beginning in the spring of
2012, agents received information that ROUPE’s apartment in Marshall County was being used to distribute pills being brought to West Virginia from Florida typically via rental vehicles. During the investigation, two traffic stops occurred during which $5,500 in drug proceeds were seized which will be forfeited to the United States as proceeds from the drug activity.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

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