Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 11, 2014

Bluefield Pill Initiative nets four

BLUEFIELD — Four local men were sentenced Monday in federal court after pleading guilty to a variety of drug-related charges including distribution of hydromorphone pills to persons cooperating with law enforcement authorities.

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber sentenced Kevin Eugene Petty, 36, of Bluefield, to eight years in prison, United States Attorney Booth Goodwin said in an announcement. Petty received an additional sentence of two years for violating the conditions of his previously imposed supervised release. He pleaded guilty in September 2013, admitting that on Sept. 20, 2012, he distributed 10 hydromorphone pills at or near Bluefield.

Jason Robert Davis, 28, of Bluefield, Va., was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in September 2013, admitting that on Jan. 31, 2012, he distributed five hydromorphone pills. That drug deal took place near Princeton. Davis also admitted that between 2010 and 2012 he sold a total of 125 hydromorphone pills, 125 oxycodone pills and 25 oxymorphone pills, Goodwin said.

Bobby Michael Short Jr., 47, of Princeton, was sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in November 2013, admitting that on May 17, 2013, he distributed one hydromorphone pill in Princeton, Goodwin said. He also admitted distributing a total of 75 hydromorphone pills.

Darryl I. Shrader, 54, of Spanishburg, was sentenced to three years of probation. He pleaded guilty in November 2013, admitting that on January 28, 2013, he distributed four hydromorphone pills in Bluefield. He also admitted distributing eight more hydromorphone pills during January 2013, Goodwin stated.

The cases were investigated by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern West Virginia Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and were prosecuted under the Bluefield Pill Initiative, 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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