Four Ohio Valley Residents Admit to Trafficking Painkillers
Four more individuals involved in a prescription painkiller trafficking ring plead guilty in Federal court.
Katherine Hungerman, Christopher Howard, Derick Namack, and Jill West all entered guilty pleas.
Hungerman and Namack plead guilty to the distribution of oxycodone and face up to 20 years in prison.
Howard plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule II & III controlled substances and one count of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. He faces up to 24 years in prison.
West entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to engage in interstate travel in the aid of a racketeering enterprise. She faces up to 5 years in prison.
These individuals are part of the sixteen-month investigation that resulted in the indictment of 15 people. During the investigation, thousands of pills were recovered by authorities through controlled purposes and authorized searches.