Coeburn woman receives 13 years for drug offenses

A Coeburn woman received a 13 year sentence in prison Monday in Wise County Circuit Court after entering prior guilty pleas to a variety of drug offenses.

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said Patsy Ann Motz, 52, pleaded guilty to distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs Ab-Pinaca, Alpha-PVP and Ab-Chminaca, distribution of Schedule III drug Buprenorphine, three counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, operation of a common nuisance and one probation violation.

During Monday's sentencing hearing that involved testimony from multiple witnesses, Motz was sentenced to 35 years with 22 years suspended. The suspended sentenced is conditioned on successful completion of five years probation following her release of serving her 13 year term.

Slemp said the case stems from investigations conducted by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force focusing on illicit synthetic drug sales and abuse. Slemp said the investigation showed between November, 2014 and November, 2015 Motz operated a drug distribution operation from her home in the Riverview section of Coeburn.

Motz was accused of obtaining synthetic drugs from North Carolina to distribute in Wise County, and conspiring with others to sell the narcotics while on active supervised probtion at the time for weapons and prior drug offenses.


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