Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2013

Court sentences two defendants in Bluefield Pill Initiative

BILL ARCHER — Two additional defendants in the on-going local, state and federal investigation known as the Bluefield Pill Initiative, have been sentenced this week at U.S. District Court in Bluefield, while another defendant in the same on-going investigation pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Laken Nicole Myers, 25, of Welch — one of 21 defendants named in a 51-count federal indictment returned on May 30 — pleaded guilty on Aug. 8, to using a telephone to commit a felony, “that is, the distribution of oxycodone,” according to the indictment.

Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Faber of the Southern District of West Virginia sentenced Myers to 6 months in prison, 6 months on home confinement, 1 year of supervised release and ordered her to pay a $100 special assessment. After the hearing, the court remanded Myers into the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s service.

Another pill defendant, Jennifer Marie Farley, 29, of Princeton, was ordered to self-report to the custody of U.S. Marshals in early August after pleading guilty to distribution of hydromorphone. The court sentenced Farley to “time served” as well as 3 years of supervised release with the first 2 months of that period to be served on electronically monitored home confinement.

On Monday, Jermaine Holland, age and address not available, pleaded guilty to count 3 of a 4-count indictment alleging that he distributed a quantity of hydromorphone in the Bluefield area. The court scheduled Holland’s sentencing for April 14, 2014. The court remanded the defendant into the custody of the U.S. Marshals service following the hearing.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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