Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 2, 2013

Five enter federal guilty pleas in connection with Bluefield Pill Initiative


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Four Mercer County residents and a resident of Baltimore, Md. have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of illegally distributing prescription drugs, U.S. Attorney  Booth Goodwin announced today.

The charges were brought as part of an ongoing effort to combat prescription pill abuse in southern West Virginia known as the Bluefield Pill Initiative. 

“Criminals like these are poisoning our communities,” said Goodwin. “With these five guilty pleas, our message should be clear: Pill dealers aren’t welcome in southern West Virginia.”

Goodwin said those who pleaded guilty include:

• Robin Bolton, 43, of Princeton, pleaded guilty to distributing hydromorphone, a powerful prescription painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid. Bolton admitted that on Oct. 22, 2012, she sold a quantity of hydromorphone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities, Goodwin said. 

• Alane McKenzie, 39, of Princeton pleaded guilty to distributing hydromorphone.   McKenzie admitted that on Oct. 22, 2012, she sold a quantity of hydromorphone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.

• Robin Roope, 39, of Princeton pleaded guilty to distributing hydromorphone.  Roope admitted that on Nov. 5, 2012, she sold a quantity of hydromorphone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities. 

• Earl Inscore, 43, of Princeton pleaded guilty to distributing hydromorphone.  Inscore admitted that on March 27, 2012, he sold a quantity of hydromorphone to a person cooperating with law enforcement authorities.

• Robert J. Fleek Jr., 31, of Baltimore, Md., pleaded guilty to distributing hydromorphone and buprenorphine.

For more about the pleas, read Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit www.bdtonline.com.