Oxycodone Trafficker Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison
Orlando, FL - U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell today sentenced James Tipton (49, Irvine, KY) to 14 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. Due to his prior criminal history, Tipton is designated as a career offender.
Tipton was found guilty by a federal jury on April 6 , 2012.
According to court documents, Tipton, along with two other conspirators (Harold Durham and Danny Winburn) traveled with $29,030.10 in cash from Kentucky to Orlando to purchase 2,000 Oxycodone pills. Unbeknownst to them, the seller was a confidential informant. Upon meeting the informant to obtain the pills, Tipton and his conspirators were arrested.
Winburn (46, Richmond, KY) was found guilty during a separate trial. On July 24, 2012, he was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison. Durham (78, Irvine, KY) is scheduled for trial in January 2013.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Katherine M. Ho.