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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Monday, July 7, 2014

Huntington Woman Sentenced For Role In Heroin Conspiracy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington woman was sentenced today to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for her role in a heroin distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.  Alanna Lynn Mattison, 32, previously pleaded guilty in January 2014 to making an apartment available for use for storing and distributing heroin and oxycodone before Chief United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers in Huntington.

Between February 2013 and August 15, 2013, Mattison rented an apartment located at 522 14th Street West, in Huntington, and permitted Bobby Nelson Gulley to utilize her apartment to store and distribute heroin and oxycodone.  As part of her plea agreement, Mattison admitted her involvement in a conspiracy with Gulley and Helen Louise Adkins which resulted in the transportation of heroin and oxycodone from Detroit, Michigan, to Huntington for distribution.  Mattison also admitted to distributing heroin on behalf of Gulley during the conspiracy.   

In August 2013, agents executed search warrants at multiple locations tied to Gulley and Mattison, recovering over 140 grams of heroin, 974 oxycodone tablets and $12,000 cash.  Gulley previously pleaded guilty in connection with his involvement in the conspiracy and was sentenced in May 2014 to 63 months in federal prison.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Huntington Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Joseph F. Adams handled the prosecution. 

This case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers in communities across the Southern District. 

Updated January 7, 2015