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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 3, 2014

Ohio Woman And Three WV Natives Sentenced For Drug Trafficking


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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – A Shadyside, Ohio woman and three West Virginia residents were sentenced for drug trafficking offenses, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Katherine Hungerman, 45, of Shadyside, Ohio, was sentenced to 46 months in prison after she conspired to distribute oxycodone, cocaine, and buprenorphine, a pain medication used to treat opioid dependence. She pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II and Schedule III Controlled Substances.”

Megan Brak, 28, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to 33 months in prison. Brak pled guilty in September 2013 to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine Base and Heroin”

Richard W. Hercules, 50, of McMechon, West Virginia, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. He pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone.”

Michael Coppa, 48, of Wheeling, West Virginia, was sentenced to five months in prison. He pled guilty in June 2014 to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Cocaine.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr prosecuted Hercules, Hungerman, and Coppa on behalf of the government. An investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed their involvement in a prescription painkiller and cocaine distribution organization.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted Brak on behalf of the government. The West Virginia State Police and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated.

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

Updated January 7, 2015