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Two men sentenced in Federal court in Bluefield

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

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – Two men were sentenced today in federal court in Bluefield, announced Acting United States Attorney Carol Casto.

Tyrell Saunders, 22, was sentenced to a year and nine months for possession of a weapon by an inmate of a federal prison. Saunders previously pleaded guilty to the federal crime in January 2016. He admitted that on May 11, 2015, he possessed a handcrafted knife while he was serving time in the Federal Correctional Institution at McDowell. The handcrafted metal weapon, commonly referred to as a “shank,” was sharpened to a point and had fabric around the other end to serve as a handle. The new term of incarceration will run consecutive to the sentence of 15 years Saunders has been serving for several 2013 federal drug convictions in the Western District of Virginia. 

In a separate prosecution, Albert Delorso, 49, of Bluewell, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for distributing pain pills. Delorso previously pleaded guilty in November 2015 to distribution of hydromorphone. He admitted that on June 30, 2015, he distributed hydromorphone pills near Bluewell to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. 

The case against Saunders was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force investigated the Delorso case. Assistant United States Attorney John File handled the prosecutions. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber imposed the sentences.

The federal drug prosecution was brought 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 March 8, 2016

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