- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Former Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount will spend three years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says the 52-year-old pharmacist was sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg.

Blount pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxymorphone and false or fraudulent material omission.

Ihlenfeld says in a news release that Blount distributed prescription painkillers for no legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice.

A task force raided pharmacies operated by Blount’s employer in October 2013 and he was arrested in June 2014.

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