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Press Release

Inmate Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia
Defendant Sought to Have Drugs Smuggled into West Virginia Regional Jail

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Corey Michael Perkins, 34, an inmate, was sentenced today to three years and 11 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute suboxone and methamphetamine.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 6, 2022, Perkins was an inmate at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville when he spoke to Judy Ann Goodman, an individual outside the jail, during recorded phone calls about getting a package of suboxone and methamphetamine into the jail. Perkins admitted that he told Goodman how to prepare the package and arranged for her to deliver it to Bryanna Danielle Kern, a kitchen employee at the jail. Perkins further admitted that he arranged for Kern to be paid to smuggle the package into the jail, and that he intended to distribute the suboxone and methamphetamine. The package was intercepted at the jail before it could be transported inside.

Goodman, also known as Judy Ann Eplion, 32, of Chesapeake, Ohio, was sentenced to two months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, on September 5, 2023, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute suboxone and methamphetamine. Kern was sentenced to three years of federal probation, including three months of home detention, on October 17, 2023, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute suboxone.

In an earlier case, Perkins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute suboxone, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. In that case, Perkins admitted to coordinating with multiple individuals to get drugs into the Western Regional Jail from November 2020 to December 2020. Perkins was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison in that case on August 22, 2022.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the investigative work of the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the investigations section of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR).

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence. Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan A. Keefe and Courtney L. Finney prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 3:22-cr-220.



Updated November 13, 2023

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