Mayor of West Virginia town arrested in drug conspiracy

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Federal drug agents on Tuesday arrested the mayor of a small West Virginia town on charges of illegally dispensing thousands of prescription pain pills over the last three years.

Mario Blount, 51, the mayor of Bridgeport and formerly a registered pharmacist at several Best Care pharmacies in the Clarksburg region, sold some 11,000 oxycodone and oxymorphone pills from 2011 to March of this year, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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

The investigation began 10 months ago and led to raids by federal agents and police in October 2013 at Best Care Pharmacy locations in Bridgeport, Belington, Lumberport and Weston.

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 and not filling out the required paperwork.

Mr. Blount, a former Bridgeport city recorder for six years who was elected mayor in July, was indicted under seal last Wednesday; the case was unsealed Tuesday.

The grand jury said he and the Davises began conspiring to distribute pain pills in November 2011. In addition, they are charged in connection with a transaction on a specific date, July 6, 2013, when the grand jury said Mr. Blount distributed oxycodone and omitted information on a report he was required to file.

Mr. Blount’s lawyer, William Wilmoth, said the indictment is merely the government’s version of what happened.

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



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