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Bluefield woman sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for selling hydromorphone pills

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A Bluefield woman who admitted she sold prescription drugs to a police informant has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.

Rachelle Bryant, 24, had pleaded guilty four months ago to selling two hydromorphone pills to an informant in Bluefield last May. Hydromorphone is a dangerous and addictive prescription medication, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.

The sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge David A. Faber was based on roughly 200 hydromorphone pills Bryant admitted to having sold.

Her case was investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney John File handled the prosecution, part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, and was part of an ongoing effort led by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.