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Bluefield pain pill dealer sentenced to federal prison for drug crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Bluefield drug dealer who sold hydromorphone while on federal supervised release was sentenced to prison today, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Marvin Gillespie, 65, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of hydromorphone. In today’s hearing, he was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison for that offense. He was also sentenced to an additional year and three months in prison for violating his federal supervised release. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Gillespie admitted that on March 14, 2016, he sold hydromorphone to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. The drug deal took place in Bluefield.

The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney John File is responsible for the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence.

This case was prosecuted under the Bluefield Pill Initiative as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated June 21, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs