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

Friday, March 9, 2018

Monongalia County woman and Harrison County woman sentenced for their roles in oxycodone distribution ring

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Two women were sentenced today to a combined five years incarceration for their roles in an oxycodone distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Amanda Gifford, 26, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 46 months incarceration. Gifford pled guilty to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility” in November 2017. She admitted to using a telephone to help distribute oxycodone in March 2017 in Monongalia County. 

Brandy Miller, of Salem, age 29, was sentenced to 15 months incarceration. Miller pled guilty to “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility” in November 2017. Miller admitted to using a phone to assist others in distributing oxycodone in March 2017 in Monongalia County.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, The Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Greater Harrison Drug &Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, the West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, the Buckhannon Police Department, and the Weston Police Department investigated. 

The investigation was funded in part by the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program (OCDETF). The OCDETF program supplies critical federal funding and coordination that allows federal and state agencies to work together to successfully identify, investigate, and prosecute major interstate and international drug trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.

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

Drug Trafficking
Updated March 9, 2018