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Two Bluefield pain pill dealers appear in federal court on drug charges

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two Bluefield drug dealers appeared in federal court today for hydromorphone crimes, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Everett Ray Gillespie, 66, previously pleaded guilty to distribution of hydromorphone and was sentenced to six months in federal prison followed by three years of federal supervised release, with the first six months of supervised release to be served on home confinement. In a separate prosecution, Timothy Jordan, 48, entered his guilty plea to distribution of hydromorphone.

Gillespie admitted that on April 15, 2016, he sold hydromorphone to a confidential informant in Bluefield. He also admitted that he distributed hydromorphone on another occasion, and that law enforcement seized 35 hydromorphone pills, more than $500 cash, and a handgun when they executed a search warrant at his residence.

In a separate drug prosecution, Jordan admitted that on December 2, 2015, he distributed hydromorphone in Bluefield to an individual cooperating with law enforcement authorities. Jordan faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on September 5, 2017.

The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force conducted the investigations. Assistant United States Attorney John File is in charge of these prosecutions. The hearings were held before Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber.

These cases were brought 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 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 May 30, 2017

Topics
Drug Trafficking
Prescription Drugs