Bridgeport mayor arrested on federal drug charges
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- The mayor of Bridgeport was arrested today and charged by federal prosecutors with illegally distributing prescription painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.
Mario Blount, a pharmacist, is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxycodone and failure to report the filling of a prescription.
Blount, 51, is employed by Best Care Pharmacy. He is alleged to have conspired with Angela Davis and April Davis, also named in the six-count indictment.
Angela Davis, 50, of Bridgeport, allegedly obtained painkillers illegally in February and shipped them to her daughter April Davis, 23, in Marietta, Georgia. Their relationship to Blount was not immediately clear.
The Davises are charged with conspiring with Blount to possess and distribute oxycodone and other prescription painkillers.
Angela Davis has also been charged with attempting to fraudulently obtained controlled substances and with the attempted distribution of oxycodone.
U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, of West Virginia’s Northern District, filed the charges last week. The indictment was unsealed after Blount was arrested.
Police executed search warrants in October 2013 at Best Care pharmacy locations in Bridgeport, Lumberport and Belington, according to a news release from Ihlenfeld’s office. Over three years, Blount dispensed more than 11,000 oxycodone and oxymorphone pills, the release states.
“Mr. Blount abused the trust of the citizens of Bridgeport and the customers at Best Care Pharmacy. These arrests serve as a warning that the illicit distribution of controlled substances will not be tolerated in Harrison County,” Karl C. Colder, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in the Washington D.C. field division, said in the release.
If convicted, Blount would face up to 24 years in prison, according to the release. Angela Davis and April Davis would each face up to 20 years in prison.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr.