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St. Albans Woman Sentenced to Prison for Federal Drug Crime

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a Charleston woman was sentenced in federal court on her convictions for possession with the intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.  Amy Wilkinson, 44, of St. Albans, was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department STOP Team and the DEA Task Force.

“Another peddler of deadly heroin and fentanyl goes to federal prison,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “Law enforcement and prosecution play critical roles in addressing the opioid epidemic.”   

At Wilkinson’s plea hearing earlier this year, it was established that Wilkinson possessed controlled substances with the intent to distribute on two different dates.  On February 22, 2017, officers with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and DEA Task Force officers executed a search warrant on Empire Drive near St. Albans.  During the execution of the search warrant, officers found Wilkinson inside the residence in possession of fentanyl that was individually packaged for distribution.  Wilkinson admitted on that date that she intended to distribute the fentanyl in and around Kanawha County. 

On March 2, 2017, Wilkinson was caught again in possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.  On this date, an investigation by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department discovered that Wilkinson had been selling drugs from a motel room in St. Albans.  A search of the motel room revealed that Wilkinson was in possession of 23 grams of heroin that she admitted she intended to distribute in the Southern District of West Virginia.      

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy D. Boggess handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence.

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