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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 5, 2014

Three Wheeling Residents Convicted On Painkiller Distribution Charges


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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Three individuals involved in a large prescription painkiller trafficking ring entered pleas of guilty on Friday in Federal court according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.

Steven L. NAMACK, age 65, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Oxycodone.” NAMACK, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. As part of his plea, NAMACK will forfeit $2,000 which constitutes proceeds of the illegal activity.

Kristyn Elizabeth FETCKO, age 34, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Oxycodone.” FETCKO, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison. As part of her plea, FETCKO will forfeit $3,905 which constitutes proceeds of the illegal activity.

Adam W. BARNES, age 40, entered a plea of guilty to “Use of a Telephone to Facilitate the Distribution of Oxycodone.” BARNES, who is in custody pending sentencing on bond, faces up to 4 years in prison.
The last remaining defendant in this case, Brian SCHULTZ, is scheduled for trial on September 23, 2014 before U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr handled the cases on behalf of the government.

This case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police-BCI, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The Ohio Valley Drug Task Force is an Appalachia HITDA-funded initiative.

In other court proceedings in Wheeling before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey:

GLENN A. MILLER, age 37, of Moundsville, entered a plea of guilty to “Distribution of Alprazolam within 1,000 feet of a Public Housing Authority.” Miller, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces up to forty years in prison.

Jodi Howell, age 38, of McMechen, entered a plea of guilty to “Possession of a Controlled Substance.” Howell, who is free on bond, faces up to one year in prison.

These cases was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Marshall County Drug Task Force is an Appalachia HITDA-funded initiative.

Updated January 7, 2015