Mull pleads guilty


Kymberly Mull pleaded guilty Monday to distributing drugs in the tri-state area as a part of a multi-member drug trafficking operation and now faces a lengthy prison term.

Mull, 44, of Wheeling pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute schedule I and II controlled substances.

She admitted that between September 2011 and February 2012 she conspired with others to sell heroin, cocaine and oxycodone pills.

The indictment, which was returned last summer, alleged Mull delivered or aided the delivery of these drugs to undercover officers and confidential informants on at least 12 occasions during a six-month period.

The investigation leading to the charges included extensive surveillance, controlled purchases of narcotics, executions of search warrants and seizures of narcotics, automobiles and U.S. currency.

The source state for most of the heroin referenced in the Mull indictment was Pennsylvania, while the pain pills came from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Mull faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and at least three years of supervised release. While awaiting scheduling of a sentencing hearing, she remains in custody as a result of her failure to follow the conditions of her pretrial release.

As part of her sentence, Mull will be required to pay $11,000 to the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force as reimbursement for funds paid to her during the controlled purchases of narcotics.

She must also pay a money judgment of $50,000 to the United States and forfeit a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2005 Hummer H2 and a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Quad Cab.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Bernard was the lead prosecutor and was assisted by U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, which includes officers and agents from the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Substantial assistance was provided by the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, which includes Weirton police officers, Hancock County sheriff’s deputies and DEA agents. Assistance was also provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.