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Three people from Mercer County pleaded guilty in federal court this week in connection with the illegal distribution of prescription painkillers, according to information from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin's office.

The charges all were part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, which was a concerted effort from federal, state and local government on the illegal distribution of prescription drugs in Southern West Virginia.

Darryl Shrader, 53, of Spanishburg; Bobby Michael Short Jr., 46, of Princeton; and Faith Michelle Akers, 44, of Princeton each pleaded guilty Nov. 4 to distribution of hydromorphone, which is a powerful prescription painkiller commonly known as Dilaudid.

According to Goodwin, Shrader, Short and Akers each sold pills to a confidential informant near Mercer County. The three face as much as 20 years in federal prison when they are sentenced March 10, 2014 by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.