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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Charlotte Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charge


BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Timothy Fields, 40, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for distribution of hydromorphone. Fields pled guilty in November, admitting that on January 18, 2017, he distributed a quantity of hydromorphone to a confidential informant in Bluefield.  He also admitted that he distributed hydromorphone and cocaine base on other occasions, and that he manufactured a quantity of cocaine base, all as charged in the indictment.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

“The illegal trafficking of prescription opioids and other dangerous drugs has devastated our southernmost counties.  My Office will continue to fight for West Virginia families struggling with opioid addiction by aggressively prosecuting those responsible for distributing them throughout our communities,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  

Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentence in federal court in Bluefield.  The case was investigated under the Bluefield Pill Initiative, 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.  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 in communities across the Southern District.  Assistant United States Attorney John File prosecuted the case.


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Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs
Updated March 13, 2018