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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Ohio man sentenced to more than three years for painkiller trafficking

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Ronald Gene Vance, 63, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for oxycodone trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

An investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed that Vance repeatedly traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to purchase prescription pills for redistribution and sale in the Ohio County, West Virginia area.

Vance pled guilty in April 2014 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I and Schedule II Controlled Substances.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

Updated January 8, 2016