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1 sentenced, 2 others convicted in southern W.Va. drug trafficking crackdown


BLUEFIELD, West Virginia — A federal prosecutor says a Princeton man has been sentenced and two others have been convicted in a crackdown on drug trafficking.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 44-year-old Leonard Carey Rucker was sentenced in federal court in Bluefield to two years in prison for distributing heroin to a confidential informant in Princeton.

Goodwin also says 42-year-old Craig Arnold Young of Lashmeet and 19-year-old Aree Lumpkins of Bluefield pleaded guilty in separate cases to using telephones to carry out drug transactions. Both face up to four years in prison when they are sentenced in November.

The charges stemmed from the Bluefield Pill Initiative. Launched in 2011, it targets drug trafficking in Mercer, McDowell and Wyoming counties.

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