BLUEFIELD - The lead defendant in a Bluefield pill distribution conspiracy was sentenced to almost six years in jail after he pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge.
Carlos Ivy, 34, of Bluefield, was given five years and eleven months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone back in August. According to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin, Ivy distributed the drug to an associate in exchange for cash. He was charged with seven counts contained in a 51 count indictment that was returned in May.
That indictment named a total of 16 people charged with various drug-related felonies. Ivy and six other co-defendants previously pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and were sentenced to time in federal prison.
The following defendants have also received jail time:
- Elizabeth Ann Stewart, 30, of Matheny, Wyoming County, was sentenced to six months in prison on Dec. 10, 2013. Steward pleaded guilty in August to distribution of oxycodone.
- Tonya Lynn Goode, 35, of Matheny, Wyoming County, was sentenced to two years in jail on Dec. 10, 2013. In August, Goode pleaded guilty to distribution of oxycodone.
- Danny Lee Decker, 42, of Mullens, Wyoming County, was sentenced to one year and three months behind bars on Dec. 9, 2013. Decker pleaded guilty to using a telephone to commit a drug crime on July 30, 2013.
- Kathy Burchett, 38, of Welch, McDowell County, was sentenced to one and a half years in the penitentiary on Dec. 3, 2013. Burchett pleaded guilty back in August to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.
- Anthony Lee Madison, 32, of Bluefield, Va., was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on Dec. 3, 2013. In July, Madison pleaded guilty to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.
- Edgar Junior Ponce, 32, of Oceana, Wyoming County, was sentenced to two years in jail on Dec. 3, 2013. In July, Ponce pleaded guilty to using a telephone to commit a drug crime.
These cases were handed down by Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber in Bluefield.
They were brought forward as part of the Bluefield Pill Initiative, a collaborative, multi-agency regional law enforcement effort designed to halt prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell, and Wyoming Counties.