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Bobby Short, Darryl Shrader and Faith Akers pleaded guilty on Monday, Nov. 4 to dealing prescription pills. They face up to 20 years in prison each. Bobby Short, Darryl Shrader and Faith Akers pleaded guilty on Monday, Nov. 4 to dealing prescription pills. They face up to 20 years in prison each.
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -

Efforts by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia to crack down on the illegal sale of prescription drugs have lead to a trio of guilty pleas in Mercer County.

Darryl Shrader, 53, of Spanishburg; Bobby Michael Short Jr., 46, of Princeton; and Faith Michelle Akers, 44, of Princeton pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of selling Dilaudid, a powerful prescription painkiller.  Shrader, Short and Akers each sold hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant working with law enforcement.  The undercover buys happened in and around Mercer County.

All three could get up to 20 years in federal prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 10 in front of Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.  

The arrests were made as a part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, which aims to stop prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.  The initiative is led by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which includes the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming County Sheriff's Departments, and the Bluefield and Princeton Police Departments.