Somerset man sentenced to almost 20 years in pain-pill conspiracy

SOMERSET — A Somerset man who headed a scheme to bring more than 100,000 pain pills into the Pulaski County area has been sentenced to 235 months — about 20 years — in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.

Darmus J. Dalton, 46, and co-conspirators were convicted of getting prescriptions for pills in South Florida in 2011 to be distributed in the Pulaski County area.

The others convicted in the case and their sentences were: Craig West, 115 months; William Padgett, 78 months; Christi N. Combs, 72 months; Andrea J. Ridner, 57 months; and Joseph E. Stripling, 26 months. All but West are from Somerset.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar also ordered the six to forfeit $360,000.

Another man charged in the case, Blake Gumm, was sentenced earlier to 18 months.