Three people involved in a large prescription painkiller trafficking ring entered guilty pleas on Friday in Federal Court.
United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced that Steven Namack, 65, pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone charges. Namack is in custody pending his sentencing, and faces up to 20 years in prison. As part of his plea, Namack will have to forfeit $2,000 which constitutes the proceeds of the illegal activity.
Kristyn Fetcko, 34, also entered a guilty plea to distribution of oxycodone charges. Fetcko served as a counselor at Ritchie Elementary School. She is free on bond pending her sentencing, but faces up to 20 years in prison. As a part of her plea, Fetcko will forfeit $3,905.
Adam Barnes, 40, entered a plea of guilty to use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of oxycodone. Barnes is in custody pending sentencing and faces up to four years in prison.
There is one remaining defendant in this case, Brian Schultz, who is scheduled for trial on September 23. The trial will be held before U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
This case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from the Wheeling Police Department, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police-BCI, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Meantime, in another case involving two Marshall County residents was heard before Chief Judge John Preston Bailey in Wheeling.
Glenn Miller, 37, of Moundsville entered a plea of guilty on charges of distribution of alprazolam within 1,000 feet of a Public Housing Authority. Miller is free on bond pending sentencing and faces up to 40 years behind bars.
Jodi Howell, 38, of McMechen entered a guilty plea on possession of a controlled substance charges. She is free on bond and faces up to one year in prison.
These two cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams Jr. and investigated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers and agents from the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.