EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEight Plead Guilty In Southern WV Pill Crackdown
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 1, 2013 9:19 PM EDT
Bluefield, Mercer County , West Virginia
Eight people have pleaded guilty in federal court as part of a prescription drug distribution crackdown in southern West Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says seven residents from Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties and a resident from Bluefield, Va., entered guilty pleas this week. Nearly all of the charges involving using a telephone to commit a drug crime and the other involved oxycodone distribution.
The defendants face punishments ranging from four to 20 years in prison when sentenced in December.
The pleas were part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, a two-year joint law enforcement fight.
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