Nine Kentuckians and a former Florida doctor have been sentenced in U.S. District Court for participating in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone pills.
Several of the Kentucky defendants went to Florida "numerous" times from January 2007 to January 2008 to get prescriptions for the drug from Roger Browne, 52, a former doctor in Coral Springs, Fla., according to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office.
Browne admitted at a plea hearing in November 2008 that "he knew there was a high probability the pills would be distributed illegally in Kentucky," according to the release.
Judge David L. Bunning has sentenced Browne to 30 months with three years of supervised release.
The following Kentuckians were involved in the scheme:
Drew Evans Lane Jr., 32, of Morehead, admitted in November 2008 that he gave other defendants money to go to Florida to get oxycodone prescriptions from Browne, then collected a portion of the pills and distributed them. He also pleaded guilty to possessing a short-barreled shotgun. Lane will be sentenced May 11.
Rhonda Renee Burchett, 43, of Grayson, James Clay, 30, of Morehead, and Seth Clay, 23, also of Morehead, received money from Lane to go to Florida to get oxycodone, then turned over some of their pills to him. Burchett was sentenced to 21 months, James Clay recieved six months and Seth Clay received time served.
Janie L. Simmons, 47, of Sandy Hook, Herbert Euglindon, 57, of Sandy Hook, Pearl Sue Drake, 40,of Grayson, Charles Darren Winthrow, 31, of Grayson, and Jason Todd Marshall, 29, of Olive Hill, all traveled to Florida to get pills from Browne, then gave a portion of their pills to Burchett and Seth or James Clay. Simmons and Euglindon were sentenced to 16 months each, Drake got 12 months, Winthrow got time served and Marshall got 12 months.
Nick Sorrell, 26, of Morehead, admitted at a plea hearing in November that he delivered money to a person Lane was using to obtain oxycodone. He was sentenced to time served.
"These sentencings illustrate that the unlawful use and distribution of oxycodone and other prescription narcotics has reached an epidemic level in the Eastern District of Kentucky," U. S. Attorney James Zerhusen said in the release. "This prosecution highlights one of the ways that federal, state, and local law enforcement in Kentucky are committed to investigating and prosecuting people who engage the unlawful distribution of prescription narcotics. That includes doctors like Mr. Browne, who deliberately close their eyes to what is obvious and continue to prescribe narcotics to such people."