Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 12, 2012

‘Bluefield Pill Initiative’ 2 women sentenced on drug charges

BLUEFIELD — Two Mercer County women were sentenced Wednesday in federal court on charges of illegal distribution of prescription narcotics as part of the “Bluefield Pill Initiative.”

Kimberly G. Froy, 22, of Bluefield and Angela R. Barnett, 25, of Princeton both previously pleaded guilty on drug distribution charges, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.

Froy was sentenced to four years probation and 100 hours of community service for distributing hydromorphone, also known as the prescription drug Dilaudid. Froy pleaded guilty in March after admitting to selling the drug to a confidential informant working with the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The illegal pill transaction took place in Bluefield.  

Barnett was sentenced to three years probation and 100 hours of community service for selling hydromorphone. Barnett previously pleaded guilty in February. She had previously admitted on Aug. 16, 2011 that she had sold hydromorphone to an informant working at the direction of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

In June, a total of 12 individuals were sentenced for illegally distributing prescription drugs and illegal narcotics as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative.

The Bluefield Pill Initiative is a collaborative, multi-agency regional law enforcement effort designed to halt prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.  The Bluefield Pill Initiative is led by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which includes 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. Assistant United States Attorneys Miller Bushong and John File are in charge of the prosecutions. 

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