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U.S. ATTORNEY GOODWIN ANNOUNCES THE 15th AND 16th GUILTY PLEAS IN THE BLUEFIELD PILL INITIATIVE

Co-defendants admit to distributing approximately 2,000 pills over a several month period

BECKLEY, W.Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that a Mercer County man and woman pleaded guilty today in federal court for illegally distributing prescription drugs.  Jerry Poore, 44 and his co-defendant Jill Sells, 27, both of Bluewell, Mercer County, W.Va., admitted that from September 14, 2011, until October 11, 2011, they conspired together to obtain and sell oxycodone and oxymorphone in and around McDowell and Mercer Counties.   

Poore and Sells admitted that they sold oxycodone to a person cooperating with authorities on several occasions during September and October 2011.  Poore admitted that on September 14, 2011, he sold four oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with authorities.  The illegal pill transaction took place at the defendant’s residence in Maybeury, McDowell County, W.Va.  Sells admitted that on September 23, 2011, she sold four oxymorphone pills to an individual cooperating with authorities.  The illegal pill transaction took place at the defendant’s Bluewell residence.  Poore admitted that on September 28, 2011, he sold four oxymorphone pills to an individual cooperating with authorities.  The transaction took place at the defendant’s Bluewell residence.  Also, on September 30, 2011, Poore and Sells aided and abetted each other in the distribution of eight oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with authorities.  Poore further admitted that on October 11, 2011, he sold 20 oxycodone pills to an individual cooperating with authorities.  The transaction took place at the defendant’s Bluewell residence.  

Both defendants face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when they are sentenced on November 1, 2012 by United States District Judge Irene C. Berger. 

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorneys Miller Bushong and John File are in charge of the prosecutions.  

The prosecutions were brought as a part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative.  The Bluefield Pill Initiative is a collaborative, multi-agency regional law enforcement effort designed to halt prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties.  The Bluefield Pill Initiative is led by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, which includes the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation; the Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Departments, and the Bluefield and Princeton Police Departments. 

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