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WV State Police to receive forfeited property and cash from former pill mill in Williamson, WV

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WILLIAMSON, WV -

The West Virginia State Police received a cash and property forfeiture stemming from a former Mingo County pill mill.

Officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Marshal's Service, and the FBI gathered in downtown Williamson to bestow the award upon the state agency.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin handed Col. Jay Smithers a check amounting to $341,937.61

The press conference took place outside the former Mountain Medical Clinic in Williamson. Its manager, Myra Miller, 50, became the target of a federal investigation.

Prosecutors said Miller was involved in a conspiracy to sell narcotic prescriptions to people who didn't need them. Investigators raided the "pill mill" clinic in 2010, valued at approximately $610,000, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Officers also seized almost half a million dollars at Miller's home in South Williamson, Ky.

Miller was charged with conspiring to misuse a physician's U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registration number. Officials said Miller wrote prescriptions in exchange for cash from customers.

In September 2013, U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver sentenced Miller to six months in prison, where she will report on Dec. 27, according to spokesperson Melvin Smith.

Miller's boss, Dr. William F. Ryckman, previously pleaded guilty to his involvement in the same conspiracy.

Goodwin told reporters Miller transformed Mountain Medical into a clothing store called "Dirt Cheap" after agents raided the clinic. Miller forfeited the property linked to Mountain Medical in a final order submitted in Charleston on Oct. 23.

The West Virginia State Police will most likely purchase new cruisers with the money, according to Col. Jay Smithers. He said he did not know what the agency will do with the property.

The government received more than $1.5 million in forfeitures, representing assets held by former workers, clinic bank accounts and related commercial property connected to the Williamson business, according to a press release.

Miller watched part of the ceremony on Third Avenue. She declined to comment.