BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that a Princeton man pled guilty in federal court in Bluefield to distribution of hydromorphone. Jerome Brown, 45, admitted that on August 18, 2016, he distributed two hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in Bluefield. Brown further admitted that he distributed two hydromorphone pills to a confidential informant in Bluefield on August 17, 2016, and again on August 22, 2016, as charged in the indictment. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 28, 2018. Stuart commended the work of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
“Sell controlled pills, do not pass go, go directly to jail,” said United States Attorney Stuart. “My Office is aggressively prosecuting pill mills, pill mill doctors and those that sell pills illegally. We are aggressive and we intend to end the illicit pill industry in West Virginia.”
This initiative is 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. 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 in communities across the Southern District. Assistant United States Attorney John File is handling the prosecution. Senior United States District Judge David A. Faber presided at the plea hearing.