Attorney General partnership prosecutes pill distribution case

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 21, 2016

CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office's prosecution of a Pennsylvania man charged with trafficking pills in West Virginia is the latest indictment produced by Morrisey's partnership with U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II.

The indictment charges Steven Bruce Mathis, of Biglerville, Penn., with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

A trial is set for Dec. 13.

“We cannot tolerate drug trafficking in West Virginia,” Morrisey said. “Far too many people are dying in our state. This partnership continues to demonstrate the success that can be had when all levels of government work together.”

The indictment charges that Mathis illegally possessed oxycodone on March 16 in Jefferson County.

Prosecutors will seek to forfeit any property associated with the offense.

The partnership, which was announced last December, involves two lawyers from the Attorney General’s Office serving as special assistant U.S. attorneys.

To date, the partnership has yielded five convictions and four sentences.

West Virginia Assistant Attorney General Lara Omps-Botteicher is prosecuting the Mathis case in her dual role as a special assistant U.S. attorney.

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