McQueary Sentenced in Drug Investigation

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A Zanesville woman charged in connection to a long-term drug investigation is sentenced in Common Pleas Court.

Vada McQueary will spend a minimum of 4 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 6 years in prison. McQueary must also forfeit her property at 617 Brighton Boulevard and will have a mandatory post release control of 2-5 years.

McQueary plead guilty to one count engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, permitting drug abuse and money laundering in June of last year.

Authorities say the investigation began in 2019 when members of the Muskingum County/Zanesville City Joint Drug Unit found out about a group of individuals from Columbus who had moved to the Zanesville area with the intention to sell methamphetamine and fentanyl. 

Approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl were seized during the investigation along with 13 firearms and $9,000 in cash.

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