Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 25, 2014

Pill initiative defendant, federal inmate sentenced in separate hearings

BLUEFIELD — Another defendant in the Bluefield Pill Initiative has been sentenced on a charge of illegal possession of a prescription pain reliever without a prescription.

Lakeisha Danell Howze, 28, of Bluefield, was sentenced to three years of probation for illegally possession of hydromorphone without a valid prescription, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia.

Howze was among a group of 21 individuals indicted on June 6, 2013, as a result of an investigation by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force. Howze appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia.

In an unrelated sentencing, Boris Bynum, 34, an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell appeared in U.S. District Court in Bluefield on Monday after pleading guilty to possessing several balloons filled with marijuana. The court sentenced Bynum to six months, according to a press release.

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