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Hillsboro woman sentenced for role in federal drug conspiracy case

By
Caitlin Forsha, The Highland County Press

A Hillsboro woman has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, with credit for time served, as the second-to-last defendant sentenced in a 2019 federal drug conspiracy case.

As previously reported, Alexandra Grace Workman was one of 28 individuals charged in a superseding indictment filed in the Southern District of Ohio in October 2019.

According to the indictment, the 28 defendants allegedly “did knowing and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree with each other … to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute mixtures and substances containing a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.” A location on Horseshoe Road in Lynchburg, a location on Katterman Road in Sardinia, one on Schweighart Road in Winchester and locations on Upper Five Mile East Road and US Route 68 in Mount Orab were named as alleged drug-involved premises in the indictment.

Workman was charged with narcotics conspiracy; distribution and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; and various forfeiture allegations.

According to federal court documents, Workman pleaded guilty to the narcotics conspiracy charge — conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine — on Aug. 28, 2020. The second count was dismissed.

During a hearing May 23, U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole sentenced Workman to 90 months in prison, with credit for time served, followed by four years of supervised release, according to court documents.

Workman was also ordered to forfeit her “interest” in $4,791 in U.S. currency and $1,053 in U.S. currency (along with other co-defendants); three handguns; two rifles; two pistols; and two shotguns.

Others charged from Highland County in this case included Lisa Davis, Jeremy Jones, Donald McKenzie, Daniel Pack and Jacob Pack.

Also named in the indictment were: Christopher Staten; Adam May; Jaron Brock; Misty Staten; Charity Cope; Joe Collins; Amy Johnson; Raymond Johnson; Preslee Winters; Scotty Shaffer Jr.; Joey Webb; Angelo Collins; Richard Orr; Fred Cupp; Terri Ard; Catherine "Cathy" Adams; Melissa Koller; Carl Spriggs; Mark Koller; Scotty Wagner; Nathan Fender; and William Franklin Moore.

Thus far, cases have been closed against Cathy Adams (time served), Terri Ard (four years probation), Jaron Brock (time served), Angelo Collins (deceased), Joe Collins (36 months in prison), Charity Cope (48 months in prison), Fred Cupp (60 months in prison), Lisa Davis (10 years in prison), Nathan Fender (time served), Amy Johnson (deceased), Raymond Johnson (time served), Jeremy Jones (33 months in prison), Mark Koller (60 months in prison), Melissa Koller (time served), Adam May (84 months in prison), Donald McKenzie (36 months in prison), William Moore (12 months and one day in prison), Daniel Pack (72 months in prison), Jacob Pack (time served), Scotty Shaffer (77 months in prison), Carl Spriggs (48 months in prison), Christopher Staten (84 months in prison), Misty Staten (94 months in prison), Scotty Wagner (30 months in prison), Joey Webb (60 months in prison) and Preslee Winters (four years probation). Richard Orr is the only co-defendant whose case is still active, as of May 26.