Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 25, 2013

Bluewell man indicted in Pill Initiative

by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Another defendant who was indicted as part of the ongoing investigation into the illegal prescription medication trade known as the Bluefield Pill Initiative appeared in U.S. District Court in Bluefield on Wednesday for his initial appearance.

Terry Testerman, 60, of Bluewell, was indicted on July 17, but his two-count indictment remained under seal until Testerman was arrested on Tuesday. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury meeting in Beckley. It alleged that Testerman distributed a quantity of oxycodone on Feb. 23, 2012, and again on March 5, 2012, both times at or near Bluewell.

Testerman appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Clarke VanDervort, who remanded him to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service. VanDervort scheduled Testerman’s arraignment/detention hearing for 11:30 a.m. on July 29, at U.S. District Court in Bluefield.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John L. File presented the government’s case to the grand jury.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia worked with local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecutors to launch the Bluefield Pill Initiative in June 2011. The Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force has led the investigations in the initiative. The task force is made up of officers from West Virginia State Police, the sheriff’s departments of Wyoming, McDowell and Mercer counties as well as the police departments of Bluefield and Princeton.