David Kidd II, the leader of an organization that was responsible for the sale of hundreds of thousands of illegal prescription pills in the Ohio Valley, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.
Kidd, 43, of Martins Ferry pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute schedule II controlled substances, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and contempt of court.
Kidd was responsible for transporting numerous local individuals to pain clinics in Florida and South Carolina, where they would "doctor shop," visiting multiple clinics and obtaining various prescription pills, mostly oxycodone. Kidd would pay for medical bills at those clinics, along with all other expenses incurred during those trips.
The pills were then transported back to the Ohio Valley and repackaged for distribution locally. Law enforcement estimates the organization is responsible for the illegal distribution of between 100,000 and 150,000 prescription pills with an illegal street value in excess of $3 million.
Kidd was arrested in March 2011 during a traffic stop in Florida, during which police discovered around 6,500 prescription pills and about $13,500. His arrest prompted an operation in which numerous local law enforcement agencies throughout the Ohio Valley arrested 15 of Kidd's co-conspirators, all of whom were indicted by a grand jury prior to being taken into custody. Most of those individuals have pleaded guilty in federal court for their role in the operation. Officers also served search warrants on residences owned by Kidd, seizing even more illegal prescription pills, cash and guns.
While awaiting trial, Kidd fled his court-ordered home confinement in October. He was arrested later that month in Oklahoma after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that spanned two states. His pretrial release was subsequently revoked, and he was ordered to remain in custody pending the conclusion of his case.
Kidd remains lodged in the Northern Regional Jail while awaiting a sentencing hearing before Judge Frederick P. Stamp. He faces 40 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.