Ohio man sentenced in drug case

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, 6:08 p.m.

An unemployed Ohio man who was accused of being the leader of a Wheeling-area organization whose members made weekly trips to shady physicians in Florida and elsewhere to obtain more than $3 million worth of painkillers was sentenced Thursday to nearly 22 years in prison.

David L. Kidd II, 43, of Martins Ferry, was accused of controlling and managing the organization whose members went “doctor shopping” at pain clinics in Daytona Beach, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach as well as Rock Hill, S.C., federal prosecutors in West Virginia said.

U.S. District Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. sentenced Kidd — who admitted that he was involved in the distribution of around 150,000 oxycodone pills — to 262 months in prison and ordered to forfeit nearly $67,000 in cash, two vehicles, a gun and three computers.

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