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Five More to Fed Prison in "Operation Pillbilly" PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:57

During the month of February, five more suspects were sentenced by a Federal Court for their participation in a federal prescription conspiracy that culminated in the arrest of fourteen suspects in March 2010. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and the Avery County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, initiated the investigation into a drug trafficking organization that was receiving prescription narcotics by presenting pharmacies in both North Carolina and Tennessee by filling fraudulent prescriptions. Investigators estimate the operation acquired 130,000 pills over several years time with an estimated street value of $4 million.
In the latest round of sentences, Kenny Blalock, 22, of Avery County, received a sentence of 72 months confinement in a federal facility to be followed by 3 years supervised release.
Henry Gibbs, 26, of Newland, received a sentence of 37 months confinement to a federal facility to be followed by 3 years supervised release.
Phillip Ray, 35, of Bakersville, received a sentence of 70 months confinement to a federal facility to be followed by 3 years supervised release.
Julian Sellers, 22, of Bakersville, received a sentence of 4 years federal probation.
Lisa Honeycutt, 42, of Bakersville, received a sentence of 78 months confinement to a federal facility to be followed by 3 years supervised release.
To date, eight of the fourteen suspects arrested during Operation Pillbilly have been sentenced on the federal level.

  
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