CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Denise Marie Cottrill, 64, of Charleston, was sentenced today to two years and nine months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Cottrill admitted to a role in a large-scale drug trafficking organization (DTO) that operated in Kanawha County.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Cottrill sold about 7.2 grams of methamphetamine to confidential informants on two occasions in January 2021, each time at her Charleston home. On February 5, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Cottrill’s home and seized approximately 23 grams of methamphetamine. Cottrill admitted that she intended to distribute methamphetamine.
Cottrill was among 17 people convicted after disbanding the DTO, which primarily distributed more than 160 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as fentanyl and other drugs, from March 2019 to September 2021 in the Charleston, Rand and St. Albans areas. The investigation targeted the DTO and seized more than 12.3 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 34 firearms, more than $86,000 in cash and several vehicles, including three motorcycles. The investigation also uncovered a plan by four defendants to kill a man on Charleston’s west side on July 4, 2021.
The announcement was made by US Attorney Will Thompson and praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charleston Police Department, Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team (MDENT) . ), the U.S. Marshals Service and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
US District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin imposed the sentence. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua Hanks and Alex Hamner.
The investigation is part of the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct broad, multilevel attacks against major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the cornerstone of the Justice Department’s drug reduction strategy. Today, the OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The primary mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt, and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking organizations, transnational criminal organizations, and money laundering organizations that pose a significant threat to the public safety, economic, or national security of the United States.
A copy of this press release is available on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found by searching case number 2:21-cr-172 in PACER.