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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Fort Wayne, Indiana Woman Sentenced For Painkiller Trafficking


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Paulette Sheree Lamb, 25, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for oxycodone trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed that Lamb was involved in a prescription painkiller trafficking operation. Oxycodone pills would be transported from Detroit, Michigan to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then to Morgantown, West Virginia. In July 2012, Lamb was discovered traveling from Pittsburgh to Morgantown in possession of oxycodone pills. She pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting in the Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.”

In another matter, Ranad Jamal Straughter, 26, of Westland, Michigan, and Andrew W. Bolyard, 23, of Morgantown, West Virginia, each pled guilty today to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.” They each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. The defendants each further agreed to forfeit nearly $7,000.00 in U.S. currency.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided in the Lamb hearing. U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided in the Bolyard and Straugther hearings.

Updated January 7, 2015