Audrea Augusta Woodward and Paul Thomas Jones Sentenced

Last week a Big Stone Gap woman, along with a Pennington Gap man were sentenced for their roles in a drug distribution network according to US Attorney Thomas T. Cullen. Sentencing took place in the US District Court in Abingdon.
Audrea Augusta Woodward, age 50 of Big Stone Gap was given 48 months in federal prison. Woodward had already pled guilty to one count of Conspiring to Possess with the Intent to Distribute, along with Distributing Oxycodone.
Cohort Paul Thomas Jones, age 26 of Pennington Gap was given 18 months in federal prison. Jones had pled guilty to one count of Conspiring to Possess with the Intent to Distribute, and Distributing Oxycodone.
Officials stated that the duo were just a small part of a larger group that trafficked Methamphetamine, Heroin, Oxycodone, Cocaine and numerous additional drugs from Georgia into southwest Virginia. Previously sentenced were two other individuals. Prosecutors say that three others are scheduled for sentencing in the next few months.
With their local network based primarily in Lee and Wise counties from November 2016 through March 2018 it’s a major hit in the local drug trade supply. Woodward was responsible for Conspiring to Distribute, Possessing with the Intent to Distribute, and distributing 1,200 dose units of Oxycodone during the conspiracy. Jones was responsible for roughly 381 dose units of Oxycodone tablets that he had obtained and distributed.
Those participating in the investigation were the Southwest Virginia Drug Force, Virginia State Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Local enforcement included the Big Stone Gap Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Norton Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.
 

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