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2 more Convicted in Southern W.Va. Pill Crackdown


A federal prosecutor says a crackdown on the illegal distribution of prescription drugs in southern West Virginia has resulted in two more convictions.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says the Bluefield Pill Initiative has now resulted in the convictions of 23 people. Goodwin announced Thursday the convictions of 2 Mercer County men who admitted to selling a total of more than 2,200 pills.

Thirty-5-year-old Benjamin Jamalle Lane and 38-year-old Andrae Cortez Simmons each pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone. They face up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Nov. 29 in federal court in Beckley.

Goodwin announced the Bluefield Pill Initiative in June 2011. Run by a task force of state and local law enforcement agencies, the initiative targets prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties.

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