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Two Sentenced in W.Va. Pill Trafficking Crackdown

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs

Two people have been sentenced on federal charges stemming from a crackdown on prescription drug trafficking in southern West Virginia. 

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 20-year-old Aree Lumpkins of Princeton received a two-year sentence on Tuesday. Lumpkins pleaded guilty in July to using a telephone to arrange a drug deal.

Forty-two-year-old Craig Arnold Young of Lashmeet was sentenced to a year and a month in prison for using a telephone to arrange a drug deal. He also pleaded guilty in July.

The charges stemmed from the Bluefield Pill Initiative. Launched in 2011, it targets prescription drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties.

In another drug case, 36-year-old Antonio Padgett of Welch was sentenced to two years and three months for crack distribution. Padgett also pleaded guilty in July.