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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
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October 25, 2011

Beckley Resident Enters
Guilty Plea to Interstate Travel Charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 33 year old Beckley, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty on October 24, 2011, in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that HEATHER BURKEY
entered a plea of guilty to one count of an Indictment charging her with conspiracy to engage in interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise from July of 2010 to September 2, 2010. BURKEY 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, BURKEY 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.

BURKEY is the 14th defendant to enter a plea as part of Operation Double Down.

BURKEY, who is free on bond pending sentencing, face a maximum exposure of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

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.