CLARKSBURG, W. Va. – A plea hearing may soon be scheduled in the federal case against the mayor of Bridgeport.

A federal information was filed in court Tuesday against Mario Blount.

Typically, when the prosecution files such a document, it indicates the defendant is cooperating.

No date for a plea hearing has been set for Blount and there is no official indication of any plea agreement at this time.

Blount is charged with one count of false or fraudulent material omission, one count of distribution of oxymorphone and one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and oxymorphone.

His co-defendants are soon expected to enter pleas as well.

A plea hearing for April Davis has not been scheduled, but Angela Davis’ plea hearing is currently scheduled for September 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

When the three were indicted on June 3, the allegations were the three conspired to distribute prescription painkillers for non-legitimate medical purposes over the last three years while Blount served as chief pharmacist of Best Care Pharmacy.

The Greater Harrison County Drug Task Force executed search warrants in October 2013 at the pharmacy locations in Bridgeport, Lumberport and Belington.

Blount had been working at the Weston operation at the time of the arrest.

The evidence gathered during those searches was used to bring charges against Blount and his co-conspirators.

Blount has previously stated he would not step down from his position as mayor as the legal process played out, despite some public suggestion he resign.

He was absent from Monday night’s city council meeting. Before proceeding with the city business, Recorder Bob Greer said it was because of a personal matter.

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  • City Council ???

    I am sure there has to be someone in city council who has a backbone and can start the ball rolling, he is a DRUG DEALER, and yet you all sit back and support him. When are you going to wake up! do your job! Make Bridgeport get this egg off our face! He is going to please GUILTY, not Innicent so he is finally saying he did something, but im sure he didnt mean to, right. Or he did no harm, well Im here to tell you he did. He helped streghten the drug trade in bridgeport! What an asshat!

  • Elisabeth Williams

    Wake up people! WV operates by the "good 'ol boy" system. There are no rules/laws- everyone thinks they are above them. Blount is a self serving, arrogant crook. Cannot believe the people of Bridgeport didn't kick him out of office. Our state ranks last in just about everything. Let's clean up our act & strive for better

  • Fred

    The drama of "The Drug Dealing Mayor in Mingo North (Bridgeport WV)" takes another turn to the dark side. But yet he continues to be protected by city council and others.

    Join us for the next episode "Rats jump from a sinking ship (The SS Blount)"

  • Come On City Council

    For whom the bell tolls!!!

    When is this "great man" as many council members professed going to be let go. It needs to happen, I think the citizens of our city are owed that. Step up to the plate and quit protecting your buddy. He needs to go!!

  • Dumb Liberals

    I can't believe that c o c k t a i l is a banned word on this site.

  • Dumb Liberals

    I thought he said he was innocent? Guess he won't be attending the social alcohol galas to run elbows with the liberal "soon to be convict" democrats currently in town.

    (I called this the other day (patting myself on the back))

    When's he going to resign in disgrace? Cry in public for being a DRUG DEALER? Throw himself upon the public, begging for forgiveness for destroying lives? After all, he's a good man deep down - RIGHT!

  • Dumb Liberals

    I thought he said he was innocent? Guess he won't be attending the cocktail parties to run elbows with the liberal "soon to be convict" democrats currently in town.

    (I called this the other day (patting myself on the back))

    When's he going to resign in disgrace? Cry in public for being a DRUG DEALER? Throw himself upon the public, begging for forgiveness for destroying lives? After all, he's a good man deep down - RIGHT!

    • the truth

      Don't any of you get it? The whole Clarksburg area has been corrupt for decades. The populace is guilty for turning the other cheek for years. Look at the John Aman case where he has pleaded guilty for using a power of attorney and his position as an executive at a bank to steal money for years from a trusting relative and yet he is still a manager at Central West Virgina Transit Authority. Pleaded guilty in late May and still hasn't been terminated. His boss was convicted of spousal abuse of his wife and is still backing Aman while serving as his manager. What do you expect when the inmates are running the asylum? The mayor of Bridgeport certainly doesn't have to fear the public while he dodges and weaves through the pathetic legal system that we used to call justice for the people. The network of jerks that we have allowed to get elected to office are giving us exactly what we deserve. Feather their own pockets and to hell with the citizens. This includes Charleston. What a bunch of losers. Why are we last in education, and quality of life? Maybe we are too stupid to deserve better. Why is what used to be a great state now last in so many areas while other states flourish? No industry, and a population that is passing away with no growth for the future. The good young people are leaving and have been for decades. Gee, I wonder why?