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Bluefield woman sentenced for illegal possession of prescription painkillers

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U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced on Monday, Feb. 24 that a Bluefield woman who illegally possessed a powerful prescription painkiller was sentenced in federal court.

Lakeisha Danell Howze, 28, of Bluefield, was sentenced to three years' probation for possession of hydromorphone, a prescription painkiller commonly prescribed under the brand-name Dilaudid.  Howze pleaded guilty in September, admitting that on January 28, 2013, she possessed hydromorphone without a valid prescription.  The offense took place at or near Princeton. 

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force under the Bluefield Pill Initiative.  The prosecution is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.