OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
April 7, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Two Ohio Valley Residents Arrested in Florida
on Federal Drug Charge
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Ohio Valley residents were arrested in Florida on a federal Criminal Complaint in connection with a large-scale prescription drug investigation.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DAVID LEE KIDD, II, age 42, of Martins Ferry, Ohio; and CHRISTOPHER GRIGG, age 24, of Bridgeport, Ohio, were both arrested on March 25, 2011, in Volusia County, Florida, on a Criminal Complaint. The Criminal Complaint alleges that KIDD and GRIGG conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute prescription pills, including but not limited to oxycodone, from May 2010 to March 26, 2011, in Ohio and Marshall Counties.
KIDD and GRIGG both had an appearance in United States District Court in Orlando, Florida, and are being detained pending transfer to the Northern District of West Virginia.
“The federal, state, and local officers involved are to be commended for their efforts in dismantling this drug trafficking organization, which was responsible for acquiring tens of thousands of pills from pain clinics in Florida and other southern states and redistributing them in West Virginia and Ohio for profit,” said USA Ihlenfeld. “As part of this case, federal agents recently executed search warrants at multiple locations in Belmont County, Ohio, and Marshall County, West Virginia, and seized drugs, firearms, and large amounts of cash. The investigation is ongoing and charges against additional individuals are possible.”
The charge in the Criminal Complaint carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
The case will be prosecuted by USA Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, and the Martins Ferry Police Department. The Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Criminal Complaint are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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