'Pill mill' ringleader gets 20 years in prison
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The leader of an interstate oxycodone ring that flooded the Ohio Valley with pain pills bought from crooked doctors in Florida will spend the next two decades in federal prison.
A judge this week sentenced David Kidd, 43, of Martins Ferry, Ohio, to 262 months behind bars and ordered him to forfeit some $66,000 in cash and his vehicles.
Mr. Kidd had earlier pleaded guilty to drug distribution, money laundering and contempt of court.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld of Wheeling said that Mr. Kidd and his two dozen associates were major contributors to an epidemic of pain pill addiction plaguing the small towns of Ohio and West Virginia.
DEA and IRS agents, who pieced together the financial aspects of the case, said Mr. Kidd's ring operated from February 2010 until March of this year and distributed at least 100,000 pills worth about $3 million.
First Published October 26, 2012 12:00 am