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Alexus Motley, 21, of Charleston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas E. Johnston in Charleston to six months in federal prison for her participation in an illegal pill distribution ring.

Motley previously plead guilty to aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, Opana, and Xanax — dangerous and addictive prescription drugs.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team began investigating drug dealers who traveled from New York to West Virginia to distribute prescription pain pills in March 2012, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said. The following month MDENT searched an apartment rented in Motley's name at 818 ½ West Avenue in Charleston, where they seized a gun, $3,740 in cash, 520 Xanax pills, 93 oxycodone pills, marijuana and documents belonging to Santiago Zacharie and Walter Parris.

Motley admitted she'd turned the apartment over to Zacharie and Parris, whom she knew were transporting oxycodone, Opana, Xanax and other controlled substances from New York to the Charleston area for distribution. Motley also admitted Zacharie and Parris used the West Avenue apartment as a "stash" house to store their pills. Zacharie and Parris also were convicted of dealing drugs and sentenced to 27 months and 37 months, respectively.

A month after the first raid MDENT staked out Motley's residence on Park Drive in Charleston after getting a tip that Ajamu Osborne, a fugitive, was inside. Observing Osborne leave the residence and ride away on a bicycle, officers arrested him and recovered a bag containing 98 oxycodone pills. A subsequent search of Motley's Park Drive residence uncovered an additional 60 oxycodone pills, a quantity of "Molly," a street drug similar to Ecstasy, 10 Opana pills and roughly $15,000 in cash.  Obsorne has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and is scheduled to be sentenced April 23.

The Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Monica D. Coleman is in charge of the prosecution.