Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 18, 2012

Bluefield Pill Initiative: Mercer County man sentenced

BLUEFIELD — A Mercer County man was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, officials said.

Adrian Alexander Wilson, 33, of Bluefield, was sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger for illegal possession of prescription drugs, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Goodwin said Wilson pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of hydromorphone.

Wilson was arrested after law enforcement officials discovered 79 hydromorphone pills and $635 in the console of a vehicle Wilson was riding in on Jan. 26, 2011. Wilson admitted to police he intended to sell the pills in the vehicle and that the money in the vehicle was the proceeds from previous drug sales, according to Goodwin.

Wilson remains in custody at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver. To date, more than 25 people have been convicted as the result of the Bluefield Pill Initiative.

The Bluefield Pill Initiative is an effort by local, state and federal law enforcement to halt prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties. Led by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, agencies including the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation; the Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Departments, and the Bluefield and Princeton Police Departments all take part in the initiative.

Assistant United States Attorneys Miller Bushong and John File are in charge of the prosecutions. �

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