Four men sentenced following crackdown on prescription drug trafficking

Local - 3/11/2014 7:11 AM by Rebecca Turco
BLUEFIELD - Four men convicted in a crackdown on prescription drug trafficking were sentenced in federal court in Bluefield.

Kevin Eugene Petty, 36, of Bluefield was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin. Petty received an additional sentence of two years for violating the conditions of his previously imposed supervised release. He pleaded guilty last September to distributing ten hydromorphone pills in the Bluefield area.

Jason Robert Davis, 28, of Bluefield was sentenced to three years and ten months in federal prison, according to Goodwin. Davis pleaded guilty last September to selling 125 hydromorphone pills, 125 oxycodone pills and 25 oxymorphone pills.

Bobby Michael Short, Jr., 47, was sentenced to fifteen months in prison, according to Goodwin. Short pleaded guilty last November to drug distribution charges. Short and two co-defendants sold hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in the Mercer County area, according to prosecutors. Short admitted to distributing a total of 75 hydromorphone pills.

Darryl I. Shrader, 54, of Spanishburg was sentenced to three years of probation, according to Goodwin. Shrader pleaded guilty last November to distributing a total of 12 hydromophone pills. 

The charges of Petty, Davis, Short and Shrader stemmed from the Bluefield Pill Initiative, part of an ongoing effort led by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.

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