Two Mercer County women sentenced for federal drug crimes
Bluefield, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber sentenced two Mercer County women in federal court in Bluefield on drug offenses. Regina Conley, 33, of Princeton, was sentenced to18 months in prison for distribution of a quantity of oxycodone. Conley pled guilty in January of 2015, admitting that on August 27, 2014, she distributed six oxycodone pills to a confidential informant in Princeton. She admitted that she had distributed a total of 55 oxycodone pills over a period of time.
Julie Walters, 36, of Bluefield, was given probation for distribution of hydromorphone. She also pled guilty in January of 2015, admitting that on May 29, 2014, she distributed one hydromorphone pill to a confidential informant in Brushfork, West Virginia. Walters admitted that she distributed a total of 13 hydromorphone pills over a period of time.
These cases were investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force under the Bluefield Pill Initiative, 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 and heroin. 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 and heroin in communities across the Southern District. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John File.