United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Scotty Edward Blankenship was sentenced in federal court in Bluefield, WV on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 to 27 months in federal prison for using a telephone to facilitate the sale of hydromorphone. Blankenship, 54, of Princeton, WV pleaded guilty in June 2015, admitting that on Oct. 17, 2014, he used a telephone to set up a drug deal, and then shortly after that conversation he sold two hydromorphone pills to an informant. Blankenship also admitted that he sold ten more pills during the course of the investigation.
The case was investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force under the Bluefield Pill Initiative. It is part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illegal sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.