A woman from Castle Rock, Cowlitz County, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to one count of distribution of methadone.
Julie Schoonover, 36, was indicted earlier this month as part of an 8-month investigation into prescription drug abuse in Southwest Washington, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle reported.
Undercover law enforcement officers and informants purchased illegal prescription drugs from people across Southwest Washington. Seven people in all were indicted in the sting.
Schoonover – who reportedly sold 100 methadone pills on one day – is the first to plead guilty, according to federal authorities.
She’s scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 6. Distribution of methadone is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, although Schoonover probably will face much less than that.