Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 12, 2014

Princeton woman pleads guilty to selling addictive prescription pain pills

BLUEFIELD — United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that a Princeton woman has pleaded guilty in federal court in Bluefield to distributing hydromorphone, a powerful and addictive prescription pain medication.

Goodwin said Kristi Ball, 39, of Princeton, admitted that on January 16, 2013, she sold three hydromorphone pills to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities. The drug deal took place in Princeton.

Goodwin said Ball faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber scheduled sentencing for May 27, 2014.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as 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. 

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