Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 19, 2012

Bluefield Pill Initiative: Two more arrested

BLUEFIELD — Two more suspects in a federal, state and local investigation known as the Bluefield Pill Initiative, were arrested Wednesday on an indictment returned on July 17, by a federal grand jury meeting in Beckley.

Kenneth Eugene Pigg, 46, and Hope Dickerson, 30, both of Rock are both named in count one of a 5-count indictment alleging that they conspired to distribute quantities of oxycodone from Feb. 7 to March 20, in or near Montcalm. Pigg and Dickerson are also both named in count 3 of the indictment, alleging that they intentionally distributed oxycodone on March 9, at or near Montcalm. Both are also named together in count 5 of the indictment, alleging that they intentionally distributed oxycodone on March 20 at or near Montcalm.

Dickerson is named alone in count 2 of the indictment alleging that she intentionally distributed a quantity of oxycodone on Feb. 7, at or near Montcalm. Pigg is named alone in count 4 of the indictment, alleging that he intentionally distributed a quantity of oxycodone on March 12, at or near Montcalm.

Pigg and Dickerson both were at U.S. District Court in Bluefield before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort for their initial appearances. Pigg’s arraignment/detention hearing is scheduled for July 23, at 10:30 a.m., in Bluefield, VanDervort scheduled Dickerson’s arraignment/detention hearing for 11 a.m., July 23, also in Bluefield. Both Pigg and Dickerson were detained following their initial appearances.

In an unrelated case, on July 17,  the same grand jury meeting in Beckley returned a one-count indictment against Brady Woods, 36, of Bluefield. Woods was arrested on a criminal complaint on Feb. 4, alleging that he intentionally possessed cocaine base, also known as crack, with the intent to distribute the Schedule II controlled substance.

Brady underwent a competency examination and the court found him competent to stand trial. Woods’ docket did not include an entry setting his preliminary/detention hearing dates.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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