Federal prosecutors on Friday said eight Ottawa residents could face life in prison if convicted on new allegations in a prescription drug trafficking case.
According to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s Office, one man died and another became hospitalized in 2009 as a result of consuming the drugs.
A grand jury this week returned a superseding indictment with new charges against Ottawa residents Connie Edwards, 60; Brandi Bivens, 30; Shirley Price, 44; Angela Mitchell, 35; Tamara Ledom, 36; Brittany Edwards, 19; Dustin Price, 23; and Joel Keith Price, 54.
Prosecutors have charged all eight defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and methamphetamine with death and serious bodily injury resulting from the use of such substances. The alleged crime occurred from March 1, 2009, to Feb. 28 this year in Ottawa.
The indictment in the case does not name a man who died May 9, 2009, in Ottawa, or a man who was hospitalized in April 2009 also in Ottawa, but prosecutors alleged their injuries occurred as a result of consuming the drugs.
Edwards, Mitchell, Bivens, Shirley Price and Ledom also face additional counts as prosecutors allege members of the group maintained residences in furtherance of drug trafficking. The Ottawa residences listed are in the 400 block of South Sycamore Street, 1000 block of South Locust Street, 800 block of Lincoln Street and 1700 block of South Elm Street.
Ottawa police, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office drug task force and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. An arraignment is scheduled for next Friday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.