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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bluefield Woman Sentenced To More Than A Year In Prison For Distributing Addictive Prescription Drugs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Rachelle Bryant, 24, of Bluefield, West Viriginia, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston today to fifteen months in prison for distributing hydromorphone, dangerous and addictive prescription drugs.  Bryant previously pled guilty in December of 2013, admitting that in May of 2013, she distributed two hydromorphone pills to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.  The drug deal took place in Bluefield. The sentence imposed today was based on approximately 200 hydromorphone pills sold by Bryant.

Bryant was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.  The case was investigated by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney John File. 

This case was prosecuted under the Bluefield Pill Initiative, and was 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 January 7, 2015