News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 13, 2012

Thirty-One Individuals Charged With Illegally Distributing Pain Medications in Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky  

July 13 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Trouville, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill, and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco announced the unsealing of two federal indictments charging thirty-one individuals with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in federal prison.

The first indictment charges Pasco County residents Brittney Beason, 23; James Bellows, 32; Chris Buchan, 43; Michael Desimone, 23; Heather Garmany, 29; Tim Grace, 27; Jenny Hernandez, 21; Chris Jackson, 21; Mark Lapham, 22; Paul Parker, 43; Karl Polek, 22; Nicole Proctor, 23; Tamara Short, 21; and Scott Vitello, 36. According to the indictment, from sometime in 2009 until the present, these individuals were involved in the trafficking of Oxycodone in Florida, as well as between Florida and Tennessee.

A separate indictment charges Pasco County residents Anthony Maddox, 29; Beverly Gamble, 52; Anthony Freeman, 44; Alex Carraher, 35; Amanda Rizzo, 22; David Ziegel, 21; Heather Janes, 30; Danial Cronkite, 29; Nicholas Baker, 22; Paul Beaupre, 26; Robin Crosson-Palmer, 42; Heidi Chamblee, 48; Kelly Jo Teffner, 44; Michael Castles, 51; Jillian Whitmore, 26; Jo Ann Whitmore, 46; and Hernando County resident Ryan Lutz, 37. From sometime in 2009 until the present, these individuals were allegedly involved in the trafficking of Oxycodone in Florida, as well as between Florida and Kentucky.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the DEA Tampa District Office and the Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

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