Mayor of Bridgeport, W.Va., busted for illegally dispensing pain pills

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The mayor of a West Virginia town has been indicted on charges of illegally dispensing more than 11,000 oxycodone and oxymorphone pills.

Federal authorities today announced that Mario Blount, 51, the mayor of Bridgeport and a registered pharmacist at three Best Care Pharmacy locations in northern West Virginia, sold the drugs from 2011 through March of this year.

Two other people, Angela Davis, 50, of Bridgeport, and her daughter, April Davis, 23, of suburban Atlanta, were also charged with distribution as part of Mr. Blount's operation.

The case began in October, when federal agents and local police executed search warrants at Best Care Pharmacy locations where Mr. Blount practiced in Bridgeport, Belington and Lumberport.

The U.S. attorney's office in Wheeling said the searches yielded evidence that Mr. Blount had been selling thousands of pain pills for no medical reason.

Agents took Mr. Blount into custody this morning.


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

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