Whitley County woman pleads guilty in pill-theft case

A Whitley County woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a drug charge after police determined she was one of three people involved in a scheme to steal prescription pills from a pharmacy and provide them to drug dealers, according to the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Lora Cupp, 35, of Rockholds, admitted that from Oct. 2011 to Feb. 22, 2012, she and her son Jordan Chute, 21, and his ex-wife Breanna Rhoades, 24, planned to steal 6,000 Oxycodone pills from Whitley Family Pharmacy.

Cupp is charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Chute and Rhoades previously pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Rhoades, who worked as a pharmacy technician, stole between 100 and 200 Oxycodone pills a week, the release said. Chute helped Rhoades take the pills to Cupp, who then provided the pills to drug dealers in Whitley County.

Cupp will appear in U.S. District Court for sentencing on Jun. 5. Chute is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20, and Rhoades is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15. The trio could face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

The DEA, the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy, London police and Williamsburg police cooperated in the investigation.