6, including ‘ringleader’ receive federal sentences for their roles in Mon County oxycodone ring

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Six people who were part of a 2017 drug round-up that included the arrests of 33 people from around West Virginia and Michigan, were sentenced in U.S. District Court, this week.

Terry Thomas, 47 of Detroit, was sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison, for multiple charges involving an oxycodone distribution operation that spanned two states and four north central West Virginia counties, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Thomas was described as the “ringleader of the operation, ” by Powell.

Thomas, also known as “Top,” pleaded guilty to one count of “ Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone,” one count of “Money Laundering Conspiracy,” 19 counts of “Distribution of Oxycodone,” 11 counts of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone,” and one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” in October 2019, Powell said. Thomas worked with his co-conspirators to distribute more than 500,000 oxycodone pills in Monongalia County and elsewhere for four years, from the summer of 2013 to June 2017, according to Powell.

Michael Wesley, also known as “Black” and “Big Flea,” was sentenced to more than 12 and a half years behind bars. Powell said. Wesley, age 48, pleaded guilty to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone” in October 2019. Wesley admitted to selling oxycodone in January 2017 in Monongalia County, according to a news release.

Tiffany Edwards, 38 of Westover, was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, Powell’s office announced. Edwards, pleaded guilty to one count of “Money Laundering Conspiracy” in October 2019. Edwards admitted to handling financial transactions that involved money made from the distribution of oxycodone from the summer of 2013 to June 2017 in Monongalia County and elsewhere, according to Powell.

Konshawntas Boyd, 39 of Detroit, was sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison for her role in the drug distribution operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said.

Boyd, pleaded guilty to one count of “Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises” in October 2019. Boyd, a nurse practitioner, admitted that she had an apartment located at Barrington North Apartments in Morgantown, for the purpose of distributing oxycodone from September 2016 to March 2017, Powell said.

Devante Maddox, 27 of Detroit, was sentenced to three years probation, Powell announced. Maddox, pleaded guilty to one count of “Distribution of Oxycodone” in October 2019. Maddox admitted to selling oxycodone in January 2017 in Monongalia County.

Kimberley Mozie, 39 of Morgantown, was also sentenced to three years’ probation, with the first four months of her sentence being on home detention, Powell said. Mozie, pleaded guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Oxycodone” in October 2019. Mozie admitted to distributing oxycodone in March 2017 in Monongalia County.

The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Drug Task Force led the investigation. The task force consists of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office; the Morgantown Police Department; the Star City Police Department; the West Virginia State Police; the West Virginia University Police Department; the Granville Police Department and the Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Senior U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley sentenced the group.

Of all of the individuals indicted in this case, all have entered guilty pleas. Twenty-nine defendants have been sentenced to a combined 580 months incarceration. Powell’s office said.

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