“Long Time Coming” Update: Parkersburg Woman Sentenced to Prison for Role in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Parkersburg woman was sentenced today to three years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for her role in a multi-state conspiracy responsible for distributing methamphetamine and other controlled substances in the Parkersburg area.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Era Dawn Corder, 47, of Parkersburg, admitted to obtaining and re-distributing several ounces of methamphetamine in the Parkersburg area between June and September 2021. Corder obtained this methamphetamine from Carlo Ramsey, at times on consignment with the understanding that she would pay Ramsey back later with the proceeds. Corder and Ramsey would coordinate over the phone when Corder needed additional methamphetamine.

Corder pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In total, Corder was responsible for over 325 grams of methamphetamine during the course of the conspiracy.

Carlo Ramsey, Floyd Dermonta Ramsey, Ambera Roberts, Matthew Edward Depew, and Robert Sanders, Jr., previously pleaded guilty to felony charges in United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, as a result of a nearly year-long investigation dubbed “Long Time Coming.” Roberts was sentenced to one year and six months in prison, Depew was sentenced to five years in prison, and Floyd Ramsey was sentenced to three years in prison. All other defendants are awaiting sentencing. The investigation also resulted in more than a dozen arrests on state criminal complaints in Wood County.

United States Attorney Will Thompson made the announcement and commended the excellent investigative work of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force (PNTF), the Parkersburg Police Department, the West Virginia State Police, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Vienna Police Department, the Williamstown Police Department, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department, the Boyd County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Department, the Russell, Kentucky, Police Department and the Raceland, Kentucky, Police Department.

Senior United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy B. Wolfe handled the prosecution.

The investigation was part of the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF was established in 1982 to conduct comprehensive, multilevel attacks on major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and is the keystone of the Department of Justice’s drug reduction strategy. Today, OCDETF combines the resources and expertise of its member federal agencies in cooperation with state and local law enforcement. The principal 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 present a significant threat to the public safety, economic, or national security of the United States.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia. Related court documents and information can be found on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:21-cr-163.