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William J. Ihlenfeld, II

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October 9, 2012


Two Men Sentenced for Roles in
Multi-State Doctor Shopping Conspiracy

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two Wheeling residents were sentenced on October 5, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

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

RANDY JOE BOWE, JR., age 35 (formerly of Columbus, Ohio) was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release and ROBERT D. PRICE, age 31, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

BOWE and PRICE entered pleas of guilty on July 25, 2012, 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 $7,434 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 and PRICE 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 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.