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Lewis County, WV man sentenced for synthetic drug trafficking

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

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – John R. Burrows, 54, of Weston, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for synthetic drug trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

In April 2014, Burrows sold a synthetic cannabinoid known as AM-2201 in a package labeled “Crown Worthy.” When depositing proceeds from the sale of these drugs into his bank accounts, he structured those deposits so as to avoid the reporting requirements of the Internal Revenue Service.

Burrows pled guilty in November 2015 to an Information charging him with one count of “Distribution of a Schedule I Drug – Controlled Substance,” and one count of “Structuring Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirement.” He was sentenced today to 60 months in prison on each count. The sentences will run concurrently for a total of 60 months in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation led the inquiry.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Updated May 2, 2016

Drug Trafficking