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Leader of Philadelphia to Morgantown heroin and oxycodone trafficking scheme convicted

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Juwan Robert Woods, 32, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was convicted in federal court today for his role in a Philadelphia to Morgantown heroin and painkiller distribution ring, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Woods, also known as “Whiz,” helped to orchestrate the drug distribution operation designed to transport large quantities of heroin and prescription painkillers across state lines from Pennsylvania into West Virginia for redistribution and sale. Woods, along with twenty other individuals, was originally charged in a 65-count federal indictment in November 2014. He pled guilty today to a criminal Information charging him with one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone within 1000’ of Protected Location.” He faces between one and forty years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.00 for selling oxycodone in May 2014 near the Wiles Hill Playground in Morgantown.

Another co-defendant in the drug distribution scheme, Tara Dustin, 23, of Morgantown, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone.” She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00 for selling oxycodone in Monongalia County, West Virginia in May 2014.

Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda Wesley prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Mon Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the Morgantown Police Department investigated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 8, 2016