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: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist
October 25, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leader of Pill Ring Sentenced to More than
21 Years Imprisonment
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - The leader of the drug organization that brought hundreds of thousands of pain pills to the Ohio Valley was sentenced on October 22, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that DAVID L. KIDD, II, age 43, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, was sentenced to 262 months imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. KIDD entered pleas of guilty on May 24, 2012, to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Cocaine”, one count of “Conspiracy to Launder Monetary Instruments”, and one count of “Contempt of Court.” KIDD admitted that he was involved in the distribution of up to 150,000 oxycodone pills that were obtained by him and his group via doctor shopping at pain clinics in Florida and South Carolina.
As part of his plea, KIDD agreed to forfeit to the United States his interests in
$66,718.65 in United States currency, a Harrington Richardson 32 Smith & Wesson firearm, a 2008 Honda Ridgeline, a 1997 Lincoln Town Car, and three computers.
The “Contempt of Court” charge was filed as a result of KIDD’s flight from the jurisdiction to New Jersey and then to Oklahoma where he was captured after a high speed chase last October.
KIDD was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending designation to a Federal institution.
The case was 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, the Martins Ferry Police Department, the Volusia Bureau of Investigations - Central Florida HIDTA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Orlando, Florida. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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