Ohio man gets more than 21 years in jail for selling pain pills

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An Ohio man who triggered a nationwide manhunt last year will spend more than 20 years in federal prison for his role as the leader of one of the largest prescription drug rings in the U.S.

David Kidd, 43, of Martins Ferry, was sentenced this week to 21 years, eight months and ordered to forfeit $66,718 in cash and his vehicles.

Mr. Kidd, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to drug distribution, money laundering and contempt of court, brought hundreds of thousands of pain pills into the Ohio Valley.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said he and his network of two dozen confederates traveled to Florida to buy oxycodone from crooked doctors and distributed the drug for sale on the streets of small towns in Ohio and West Virginia, where pain pill addiction is rampant, according to the U.S. attorney in Wheeling.

The contempt plea concerned his flight from law enforcement. In October, he was on home confinement pending trial in the drug case when he fled to avoid prosecution. He was captured in Oklahoma when the highway patrol forced his car off the road following a high-speed, 40-mile pursuit that began in Arkansas.

DEA and IRS agents in Pittsburgh said Kidd's ring operated from February 2010 until March of this year and distributed at least 100,000 pills worth $3 million.

Pain pill cases are a priority for the Justice Department, with prosecutors aggressively pursuing the doctors who prescribe in exchange for money.

DEA said one such doctor in the Kidd case was Douglas Broderick, a former gynecologist from New Jersey who ran pain clinics in Florida and South Carolina. He was indicted in December but died in March.

Federal agents have been working to identify other doctors who supplied the Kidd operation. breaking - region

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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