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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mercer County Man Sentenced For Selling Hydromorphone

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Jimmy Dale Wright, age 57, of Rock, West Virginia, was sentenced today in Bluefield, West Virginia, by United States District Court Judge David A. Faber.  Wright was sentenced to a 12-month term of imprisonment, and a three year term of supervised release.  Wright previously pled guilty in April of 2014, to distributing a quantity of hydromorphone, a powerful and addictive prescription pain medication.  Wright admitted that on August 7, 2013, he sold pills to a person who was cooperating with law enforcement authorities.  The drug deal took place on Pocosin Fork Road in Lashmeet, Mercer County, West Virginia.

The West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigation. 

This case was prosecuted 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 United States 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.

Updated January 7, 2015