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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

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October 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Final Two Defendants in Pill Distribution Ring
Sentenced in Federal Court

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Wheeling, West Virginia, residents were sentenced on October 22, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that: TRACY MCWHORTER, age 32, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. MCWHORTER entered a plea of guilty on July 30, 2012, to Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premise in Wheeling from December 2, 2011, to March 30, 2012, to distribute oxycodone and Opana (oxymorphone) pills.

JASON DIPROSPERIS, age 23, was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release. DIPROSPERIS entered a plea of guilty on July
30, 2012, to Distribution of Oxycodone within 1,000 Feet of Jensen Playground on November
18, 2011. As part of his plea, DIPROSPERIS admitted to being involved with aiding in the distribution of between 100 and 200 pills.

The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force conducted a six-month long investigation of pill distribution in the Wheeling area and the investigation revealed that the organization was involved in doctor shopping trips to Florida and Missouri where they would obtain oxycodone and Opana (oxymorphone) pills from clinics and return to Wheeling where the pills would be sold both for profit and personal use by the shoppers.

Both MCWHORTER and DIPROPERIS were remanded to the custody of the United
States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

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

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