Lebanon Junction Woman Pleads Guilty to Trafficking in Oxycontin
NOV 7 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - BRENDA MUDD, age 30 of 184 Frederick Court, Mt. Washington, Kentucky, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycontin, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.
Mudd admitted that from on or about January 2007 to on or about June 25, 2007, she conspired with others to knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute Oxycontin. Mudd’s fiance, Daniel Carr, was an officer with the Lebanon Junction Police Department at the time the crimes were committed. He was also charged with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, to wit, Carr's Glock 9mm service pistol. Carr was previously an officer with the Audubon Park Police force for approximately seven years.
On June 21, 2007, a cooperating source (“CS”) admitted to supplying quantities of Oxycontin pills, a Schedule II controlled substance, to Brenda Mudd and Daniel Carr. The CS also stated that Carr and Mudd utilized their cell phones to coordinate their meetings with the CS to purchase Oxycontin. The CS stated that he/she began supplying quantities of Oxycontin, 40-milligram pills, to Mudd from approximately January 2007 to the present for a price of $20 per pill. The CS estimates that he/she has sold a total of approximately 100 pills in increments of 5 to 10 pills at a time to Brenda Mudd.
Specifically, the CS met with Carr and Mudd on June 16, 2007 and provided them with ten Oxycontin pills (40 milligrams each) for a price of $20 per pill. Then, on June 19, 2007, he/she met with Mudd and Carr at the Circle K Convenience Mart located on Third Street in Louisville and provided them with ten Oxycontin pills (40 milligrams each) again for $20 per pill. During this transaction, Carr informed the CS that 10 pills would not be enough because his “pending customer wanted to purchase a quantity of 20 pills”.
On June 21, 2007, the CS recorded a telephone conversation between the CS and Ms. Mudd during which Mudd informed the CS that Carr “has money in his pocket, I need to get it and come to you”. On June 23, 2007, the CS received a text message from Carr’s cell phone asking “can we hook up? Brenda is sick, and I have people waiting on us. Call me if you can”.
On June 25, 2007, law enforcement recorded a telephone call from Carr to the CS during which the CS informed Carr that he/she has 30 Oxycontin pills available and Carr stated “I need all 30 of them so that I can make the money back and pay you off.” Later, on June 25, 2007, after a series of recorded telephone calls between the CS and Carr to coordinate a sting, Mudd and Carr drove to an apartment complex parking lot in the vicinity of Preston Highway and Gene Snyder Highway in Louisville. During this meeting, they engaged in conversation about an increase in the dollar price per pill for future Oxycontin and the CS provided what defendants believed to be 30 Oxycontin pills (40 milligrams) to Carr. Mudd and Carr admitted that they purchased what they believed to be Oxycontin pills for both personal use and further distribution to third parties.
On June 4, 2007, Carr pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute Oxycontin, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10, 2007, at 11:00 a.m.
The maximum potential penalties for Mudd are not more than 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. Kilmartin and it was investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The plea was entered before Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., Judge, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.
Mudd is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge McKinley on February 4, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.