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Winchester and Baker W.VA. residents receive sentencing for drug distribution

A Winchester woman and Baker West Virginia woman have been convicted of participating in a large methamphetamine distribution ring based out of a Florida prison.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia the two women were part of  a widespread conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Winchester resident Stephanie Butler and Baker West Virginia resident Ashlyn Gates pleaded guilty to their roles in the distribution ring.

The conspiracy was controlled by career criminals out of the Florida prison system.

The two women and 7 other conspirators from Florida to West Virginia were convicted by a Harrisonburg Jury for distributing and possession with the intent to distribute drugs.

The pair were helping to distribute either methamphetamine or a mixture of methamphetamine.

The last of the co-defendants from Florida was sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison on October 18.

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