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U.S. Attorney responds to pleas in drug related charges

BLUEFIELD (WVVA) -- In June 2013, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the Bluefield Pill Initiative, an effort to crack down on the prescription pill problem in southern West Virginia.  Now, many of these suspects are getting smaller sentences with plea deals.

Last week, seven people plead guilty to drug related crimes in Mercer, Wyoming and McDowell counties.  With the pleas, they'll face anywhere from four to 20 years in behind bars. 

Goodwin stands by the plea deals, adding it's still putting suspects away.

"We don't view them as a deal.  It's very much a fact of the criminal justice system.  It gets them off the street.  It gets them off the street for a significant period of time. And getting them off the street for that period of time gives that community an opportunity to heal," says Goodwin.

Sentencing for those suspects is set for December.

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