The leader of a prescription painkiller and cocaine distribution ring was convicted on Wednesday in federal court, according to the office of United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld.
Brian Schultz, 38, of Triadelphia, admitted his role in distributing oxycodone, cocaine, and buprenorphine. It was a 16-month investigation, lead by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ohio Valley Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which is a HIDTA-funded initiative. They used sophisticated surveillance techniques to uncover a painkiller and cocaine distribution network lead by Schutlz, who also went by “Worm.”
Schultz produced large quantities of prescription pills from groups in Detroit, Michigan and northern Ohio. Schultz then orchestrated a series of associates to redistribute the pills in northern West Virginia and Belmont County.
Schultz pled guilty to one count of “conspiracy to distribute schedule II and schedule III controlled substances.” He faces up to 20 years behind bars and a fine of up to $1,000,000. Schultz has two prior federal felony convictions. He will also forfeit approximately $70,000 in cash and will have to pay a money judgement of $30,000.
Fourteen others were convicted as a part of the Schultz case, including: Katherine Hungerman, Dustin Namack, Steven Namack, Jill West (also known as Jill Namack), Christopher Howard, Buddy Salem, Kristyn Fetcko, Michael Coppa, Cara Olako, Richard Hercules, Jr., Lucas N. High, Adam Barnes, and Jordan Sorge.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parr, on behalf of the government. Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp presided.