Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 11, 2012

Bluefield Pill Initiative: Three more defendant plead guilty

BLUEFIELD — Three additional defendants in the federal, state and local law enforcement prescription drug abuse crackdown known as the “Bluefield Pill Initiative,” have pleaded guilty at U.S. District Court in Bluefield, while one additional suspect was sentenced in the initiative and the court continued the trial for a fifth individual.

Kenneth Eugene Pigg, 46, Hope Dickerson, 30, both of Rock, and Shawn T. Anderson, 36, of Bluefield, pleaded guilty in the court of Senior Status U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia in separate hearings on Tuesday. Court documents entered on Wednesday indicate that Pigg pleaded guilty to count one of the federal indictment naming him; Dickerson pleaded guilty to count one of the federal indictment naming her; and Anderson pleaded guilty to count seven of the federal indictment naming him.

Faber scheduled sentencing for all three defendants for March 11, 2013, all in Bluefield. Assistant U.S. Attorney John File represented the government at all three hearings while Assistant Federal Public Defender Lex A. Coleman represented Pigg, Sante Boninsegna Jr., represented Dickerson and Assistant Federal Public Defender George H. Lancaster Jr., represented Anderson.

At a separate hearing, Sheila Smith, 47, of Princeton, who was also arrested as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, was sentenced to 13 months in prison and three years of supervised release. File represented the government at Smith’s sentencing and Coleman represented the defendant.

Another Bluefield Pill Initiative defendant, Brady Woods, 36, of Bluefield, was also scheduled for a guilty plea hearing on Tuesday, but advised the court that he no longer wanted to plead guilty, court documents reveal. Woods asked the court to appoint new counsel. Upon the defendant’s motion, the court relieved Assistant Federal Public Defender Mary Lou Newberger and appointed William S. Winfrey II, to serve as Wood’s counsel.

The court scheduled Woods’ trial to start at 9:30 a.m., on Nov. 27, in Bluefield. File represented the government at Woods’ hearing.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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