A former substitute teacher in West Virginia and Pennsylvania schools will spend the next 30 months in federal prison for dealing heroin in her tiny West Virginia hometown.
Amanda Allison, 27, of Cameron, W.Va., a former girls basketball coach at Cameron High School, was sentenced to that term on Wednesday.
Her boyfriend, Tyler Hoyle, 22, of Waynesburg, is already in prison for distribution of heroin as part of the same case prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Wheeling.
A one-time star basketball player in Cameron who played in college, Allison had worked as a substitute teacher in the West Greene School District in Greene County, Pa., and later in Marshall County, W.Va., where she also was an assistant coach for the girls' junior varsity basketball team.
In August, she pleaded guilty to conspiring with Hoyle to sell heroin in Cameron, which has a population of fewer than 1,000 people.
Police with the Marshall County Drug Task Force said the pair sold heroin in and around town from January through April 6 of this year.
Allison was arrested in April and released on bail on several conditions, including one requiring her to attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Two months later, she was arrested in Jefferson Township, near Waynesburg.
Allison told troopers she had passed out while driving her Jeep on Route 51 after injecting herself with heroin. Troopers said they found stamp bags and a needle on the floor of the Jeep.
She was charged with possession but the case was dismissed.
Allison was being held in jail in Moundsville, W.Va., pending transfer to federal prison. Hoyle is serving 70 months at FCI McDowell in West Virginia.
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