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MAYOR CHARGED
Despite US drug charges, Bridgeport mayor says he has no plans to resign

Reported by: Associated Press
Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:40 AM EDT
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va.


The mayor of Bridgeport says he has no plans to resign from public office despite his indictment on federal drug charges.

Federal agents arrested Mayor Mario Blount on Tuesday on charges of illegally dispensing prescription painkillers.

A pharmacist, Blount was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute schedule II controlled substances, distribution of oxycodone and failure to report the filling of a prescription.

Blount told The Exponent Telegraph he couldn't further discuss his decision to remain mayor. He said his attorney advised him to refrain from discussing his arrest or plans to remain in office.

The City Council is scheduled to meet on Monday.

If convicted of all charges, Blount faces up to 24 years in prison. Two others were charged with Blount.

Information from: The Exponent Telegram, http://www.theet.com










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