Trevia Janella McCoy, age 45, of Coeburn, was sentenced to fifteen years with six years suspended. Thus, she will spend nine years in the penitentiary. McCoy previously pleaded guilty without a plea agreement to nine felony charges including six counts of distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs, two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I synthetic drugs, one count of conspiracy to distribute Schedule I synthetic drugs, and four misdemeanor charges for maintaining a common nuisance. The suspended sentence is conditioned on successful completion of seven years' probation following her release.
Kimberly Ann Motz, age 35, of Coeburn, was also sentenced today to a total of ten years with eight suspended. Thus, she will serve an active sentence of two years. Motz previously pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of a Schedule I synthetic drug and violating probation. She was sentenced to ten years of probation following her release.
Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said, "The synthetic drugs distributed in this case are dangerous and highly addictive. We are working hard with our law enforcement partners to fight the epidemic. We hope that the sentence sends a clear message to the community and to those who attempt to profit from the illegal sale of drugs."
Ab-Pinaca, ab-chminaca, ab-fubinaca, and XLR-11, are synthetic cannabinoids. Users of these products have reported numerous severe side effects including paranoia, erratic behavior, violent behavior, panic attacks, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, hallucinations, and extreme intoxication. Communities throughout Wise County and Southwest Virginia are feeling the economic and social impact of synthetic drugs. Individual users are not the only ones hurt by this problem. These illegal substances impact families, neighborhoods, and the entire community. Direct drug related crimes, such as thefts, break-ins, child neglect and even murder, are influenced by synthetic narcotics and prescription drug abuse.
Slemp recognized the contribution of multiple law enforcement agencies who joined forces to prosecute these cases. "We want to thank the Wise County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Norton City Police Department, Big Stone Gap Police Department, Coeburn Police Department, the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, and other law enforcement partners for their efforts in getting these illegal substances off the street," Slemp said.
In late 2016, two related cases were similarly resolved. Last December, Patsy Ann Motz, age 52, of Coeburn, was sentenced to an active sentence of 13 years in the Wise County Circuit Court for distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs in Coeburn. She is the mother of Kimberly Ann Motz who was sentenced today. In August 2016, Sheila Yvonne Dishner, age 54, of Coeburn, was sentenced by the court in a related case to an active sentence of two years for distribution of Schedule I synthetic drugs in Coeburn.