Four People Sentenced for Drug Trafficking in Federal Court


A Shadyside woman and three West Virginia residents were sentenced for drug trafficking offenses, according to United States Attorney, William Ihlenfeld.

Katherine Hungerman, 45, of Shadyside was sentenced to 46 months behind bars after she conspired to distribute oxycodone, cocaine and buprenorphone. Hungerman pleaded guilty in June of this year to one count of “conspiracy to distribute schedule II and schedule III controlled substances.”

Megan Brak, 28, of Wheeling was sentenced to 33 months in jail. She pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and heroin” in September 2013.

Richard W. Hercules, 50, of McMechen, was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Hercules pleaded guilty to one count of “aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone” in June 2014.

Michael Coppa, 48, of Wheeling, was sentenced to five months in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of “aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine.”

The cases against Hercules, Hungerman and Coppa were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr. An investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force revealed their involvement in a prescription painkiller and cocaine distribution ring.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Bernard prosecuted Brak. The West Virginia State Police and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated that case.

Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.

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