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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Georgia Woman Sentenced For Selling Painkillers


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ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Dorothy Ellen Metz, 62, of Athens, Georgia, was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prison for selling prescription painkillers, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Metz pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone.” An investigation by the United States Forest Service revealed that Metz traveled from Georgia to Randolph County, West Virginia to sell oxycodone pills.

In other matters:

Jeremy Edward White, 34, of Elkins, West Virginia, was sentenced to seven months in prison for his role in selling prescription painkillers. He pled guilty in September 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Clonazepam” following an investigation by the United States Forest Service.

Beth Harman Ours, 46, of Petersburg, West Virginia, was sentenced to five years of probation. An investigation by the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crime Task Force revealed her role in selling valium pills. She pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Diazepam.”

Elizabeth Allison Sweatt, 39, of Nice, California, was sentenced to five years of probation. She was also ordered to forfeit $15,402.98 and to pay a money judgment in the amount of $60,000.00. She pled guilty in May 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – Aiding and Abetting.” An investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service revealed that she was mailing packages containing marijuana from California to an associate in West Virginia for redistribution.

Jordan Elliot Ross, 24, was sentenced to three years of probation. Ross pled guilty in August 2014 to one count of “Distribution of Hydrocodone” following a West Virginia State Police investigation.

Chad Preston, 34, of Coalton, West Virginia, was sentenced to three years of probation. He pled guilty in March 2014 to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone” following an investigation by the Mountain Region Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted Preston and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Warner prosecuted the remaining cases on behalf of the government.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey presided.

Updated January 7, 2015