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Woman sentenced on drug charges

ELLENBORO — A Shinnston woman was sentenced to 77 months of federal prison for drug sales in Ritchie County when she appeared before U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley on Wednesday, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard.

In January 2020, Stephanie Rae Cottrill, 38, 1273 Ownings Road, Shinnston, was arrested along with two other males and charged with the possession of marijuana and methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.

During the traffic stop, Cottrill told responding officers she had a syringe in her purse and large amounts of money and meth were found inside the vehicle along with items related to drug sales, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Ritchie County Magistrate Court.

Cottrill also had meth and heroin on her person, the complaint said.

She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute meth and heroin in September 2020, the release said.

Cottrill admitted to working with others to distribute meth and heroin from November 2019 to January 2020 in Ritchie County, the release said.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar prosecuted on behalf of the government, the release said.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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