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Matthew Pigg sentenced to four years in prison for the illegal dealing of prescription drugs. Matthew Pigg sentenced to four years in prison for the illegal dealing of prescription drugs.
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced on Tuesday, Dec. 10 that a Mercer County man will serve four years in prison for the illegal distribution of prescription pills.  Matthew M. Pigg, 27, of Montcalm pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Dilaudid.

On Feb. 12, 2013, police searched Pigg's home in Montcalm. During the execution of the search warrant, they found hydromorphone pills hidden inside of a safe located in Pigg's bedroom. Investigators also found a loaded .38 caliber pistol in the safe. Pigg told police that he intended to sell the pain pills.

The case was investigated as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, which is designed to stop prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming counties.  The Bluefield Pill 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.

Project Safe Neighborhoods was also involved in the case. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs targeting gun crime.