BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- Officials involved in a two-year joint law enforcement effort fight against southern West Virginia's illegal prescription drug trade said the initiative is making a difference.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin and leadership from the area law enforcement community announced additional indictments this week as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Goodwin said recent indictments bring the number of drug defendants charged to more than 50.
Goodwin said the illegal prescription drug trade represents a new challenge. He said law enforcement is constantly working to build cases against pill pushers and others involved.He said suppliers travel to several cities to visit doctors, get several prescriptions for powerful pain relievers, fill them at several pharmacies and return with thousands of pills to sell for a large profit.