State pill crackdown yields 3 convictions
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- Three people are facing prison time as a result of a crackdown on prescription drug trafficking in southern West Virginia.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Tuesday that Darryl Shrader, 53, of Spanishburg; Bobby Michael Short Jr., 46, of Princeton; and Faith Michelle Akers, 44, of Princeton, each pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges on Monday.
Goodwin says the defendants sold hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in and around Mercer County. Hydromorphone is a prescription painkiller.
Each defendant faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for March 10, 2014.
The charges stemmed from the Bluefield Pill Initiative. Launched in 2011, it targets prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties.