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Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

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A federal grand jury has indicted Bridgeport Mayor and former Bridgeport Best Care pharmacist Mario Blount on drug charges.  Blount is accused of illegally dispensing more than 11,000 oxycodone and oxymorphone pills.

Blount, a registered pharmacist, is one of three people named in the indictment, returned May 28 by a federal grand jury in Martinsburg. He is charged with conspiracy; distribution of oxycodone, a controlled substance and false or fraudulent material omission.
 
Blount is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute schedule two controlled substances between November 2011 and March 2014.  Angela Davis aka Angie, 50, of Bridgeport, and her daughter April Davis, 23, of Marietta, Georgia, are also named in the indictment.  


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Court documents indicate that the trio conspired together to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone, among other substances, outside the scope of professional practice and not for legitimate medical purposes.  Count two of the indictments alleges Blount committed a similar offense, including intentionally distributing oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice.  

Count three of the indictment alleges Angela "Angie" Davis knowingly attempted to acquire oxycodone by fraud.  Count four alleges that Blount knowingly and intentionally omitted material information from reports and records.

Count five indicates that Angie Davis attempted to distribute a quantity of oxycodone by mail to April Davis in Marietta, Georgia.

The indictment includes a $45,000 forfeiture complaint. Federal agents served search warrants at Best Care Pharmacy locations in Bridgeport, Belington, Lumberport and Weston in October 2013.  

Blount faces up to 20 years in prison on the conspiracy and distribution charges and up to 4 years for failing to report a prescription. Angela and April Davis each face up to 20 years in prison.  Blount's fate in his role with the city of Bridgeport is unclear.  When contacted about the indictment, the city of Bridgeport said it had 'no comment at this time'.  Conditions of Blount's release include surrendering his passport and not traveling outside the northern district of West Virginia. Blount also must agree to not have firearms, weapons, not use alcohol, not use or illegally possess narcotic drugs or other controlled substances, and not buy paraphenalia related to any controlled substance.  Blount may not purchase, possess, or consume any organic or synthetic drugs and he cannot frequent places that sell them.  Blount be subject to testing for drugs if required by his pretrial services officer. 

Blount will be arraigned before federal Magistrate Judge John Kaull at 10 a.m. on June 6.