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Project Parkersburg Update: Parkersburg Woman Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Amy Rake, 39, of Parkersburg, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  Rake was prosecuted as part of Project Parkersburg – a major takedown and dismantling of a multi-state drug trafficking organization (DTO) responsible for distributing methamphetamine and heroin. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, the Parkersburg Police Department, the Dayton Ohio Police Department, and the Parkersburg Narcotics and Violent Crime Task Force.  The long-term, joint investigation resulted in at least 29 individuals being charged in federal and state court, the seizure of 121 pounds of ICE methamphetamine, six kilograms of cocaine, 217 grams of heroin, and 290 grams of fentanyl.

“As a result of operations like Project Parkersburg, we have doubled the number of meth prosecutions by my office,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “We’re taking down meth trafficking organizations and prosecuting meth dealers like Rake throughout the District.”

Rake pled guilty in February and admitted that she was a street level distributor who received methamphetamine in multiple ounce quantities from her co-defendant Michael Rhodes which she then distributed to smaller dealers and users in and around Parkersburg.

United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence.  Assistant United States Attorney Joshua C. Hanks handled the prosecution.


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Updated October 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking