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Two Individuals Involved In Pill Ring Sentenced In Federal Court

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

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - Two individuals sentenced on January 28, 2013, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr. for their roles in a Florida to West Virginia pill ring.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

JOHN T. BOWIE, III, age 39, of Longwood, Florida, was sentenced to six months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release with the first six months of his supervised release to be served on home confinement. BOWIE entered a plea of guilty on November 28,2013, to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances” on September 12, 2012, in Moundsville. BOWIE was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

AMY M. YONTZ, age 23, of Moundsville, West Virginia, was sentenced to three months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. YONTZ entered a plea of guilty on December 6, 2012, to “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Oxycodone” on April 17, 2012, in Moundsville. YONTZ, was remanded back to state custody, where she is facing state charges for felony child neglect and driving under the influence.

In a joint investigation, involving the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the DEA, United State Postal Service, and the West Virginia State Police, beginning in the spring of
2012, agents received information that an apartment in Marshall County was being used to distribute pills being brought to West Virginia from Florida typically via rental vehicles. During the investigation, two traffic stops occurred during which $5,500 in drug proceeds were seized which will be forfeited to the United States as proceeds from the drug activity.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

Updated January 7, 2015