Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 27, 2014

Princeton woman who sold pills to undercover informant gets 13 months in prison

BLUEFIELD — A Princeton woman was sentenced Tuesday to 13 months in prison for distributing hydromorphone.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Kristi Ball, 39, admitting that on Jan. 16, 2013, she sold hydromorphone pills in Princeton to an informant working with area law enforcement officials. Ball had previously pleaded guilty to the charge in February.

During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Goodwin said the judge also took into consideration Ball’s admission that over a period of time she had distributed 170 hydromorphone pills.

The case was investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney John File.

Goodwin said the case was prosecuted under the Bluefield Pill Initiative, and was part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.

Goodwin said his office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District. 


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