CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – U.S. District Judge Thomas Kleeh sentenced a Morgantown woman was Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for her role in methamphetamine, crack cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin drug distribution operation that spanned from Houston to Morgantown, Acting United States Attorney Randolph Bernard announced.

Ashley Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty in April 2021 to one count of “Unlawful Use of Communication Facility.” Johnson admitted to using a phone to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine base, also known as “crack,” cocaine hydrochloride, also known as “coke,” fentanyl, and heroin in April 2020 in Monongalia County.

Johnson was one of 25 people indicted in October 2020 for their roles in a Texas to Morgantown drug operation.

Ashley Johnson

Earlier this week, one of her co-conspirators in the case, Kelsey McClung, of Westover, also pleaded guilty in the case.

The FBI’s Northern West Virginia Drug Task Force in partnership with the Mon Metro Drug Task Force, investigated. The task forces have members from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; West Virginia State Police; Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office; and, the Morgantown, WVU, Granville and Star City police departments. The investigation was also assisted by the following law enforcement partners: the Monongalia County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI in Houston, Texas; the Houston Police Department’s Multi Agency Gang Initiative; the United States Postal Inspection Service in Houston; and, the FBI and DEA in Los Angeles, California.

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

Johnson remains in the North Central Regional Jail, awaiting a transfer to a federal facility.