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HUNTINGTON WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Judith Ann Hopkins, 23, of Huntington, was sentenced today to 33 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers for distribution of crack cocaine and oxycodone.  Hopkins pleaded guilty in April.  All of the counts against the defendant stem from drug transactions made in July 2010 at the Smokin’ Aces store that was located in Huntington.  Hopkins admitted to selling oxycodone on four different occasions and one occasion that involved the distribution of crack cocaine.  Hopkins further admitted to selling a total of 89 80-milligram oxycodone tablets and 21.5 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). 

Assistant United States Attorney Greg McVey handled the prosecution. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of a yearlong undercover operation that targeted illegal drugs and firearms crimes in the Huntington area.  The operation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and assisted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Huntington Police Department, and various other law enforcement agencies.  It was announced to the public in March after a grand jury returned indictments against 55 defendants.

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