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Vancouver woman sentenced to federal prison in drug case

A Vancouver woman who worked as a nurse in Portland was sentenced to eight months in federal prison after crossing state lines with heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Tuesday.

Rene Elene Griffin Nunn, 60, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances. In addition to prison, she will serve three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In February 2018, Nunn and co-conspirator Darlene Michelle Sturdevant, 62, of Vancouver, drove from Vancouver to Portland with 87 grams of heroin in Nunn’s purse. At the time, Nunn was a registered nurse at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, the news release states.

Nunn was arrested driving into Portland, following a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Clackamas County, Ore., Interagency Task Force.

A federal grand jury in Portland indicted Nunn on the drug-trafficking charge Nov. 27, 2018.

Sturdevant was sentenced Jan. 22 to 14 years in federal prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin throughout the Portland metro area, possessing with intent to distribute heroin and committing an offense while on release pending sentencing, the news release says.



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