TWO SENTENCED FOR SELLING OXYCODONE IN THE TWIN FALLS AREA
James Toliver Latham, 23, and Ryan J. Simmons, 22, both of Twin Falls, Idaho, were sentenced this week for conspiracy to traffic oxycodone, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Latham to 48 months and Simmons to 30 months in federal prison. Both will be on supervised release for three years after they complete their prison term. Judge Lodge also ordered the defendants to forfeit $20,000. The two pled guilty last fall pursuant to a plea agreement.
Latham and Simmons were part of a four-person conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in the Twin Falls area. In April 2010, a federal grand jury handed down an eight count indictment charging Latham, Simmons, Troy Sabrosky, 21, of Casper, Wyoming, and Cooper Chapin, 23, of Twin Falls, with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and distributing oxycodone from March 2009 to March 2010.
According to court documents, the investigation began in September 2009 after several sources provided information to Twin Falls law enforcement officials alleging Latham’s and others’ involvement in a oxycodone distribution ring. The ensuing investigation over the next eight months involved undercover purchases of oxycodone from the defendants. The defendants traveled to the Salt Lake City area on numerous occasions, sometimes several times a week, to purchase large quantities of oxycodone. The oxycodone was sold from the men’s residences in Twin Falls.
The remaining two defendants have entered guilty pleas. Sabrosky will be sentenced in Boise on February 14. Chapin will be sentenced on March 28. The charges carry a maximum punishment of 20 years on each count, a $1 million fine and a term of supervised release of not more than three years.
The case was investigated by the Twin Falls Police Department with cooperation by a task force from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Trafficking in prescription painkillers is a growing problem,” said Olson. “Oxycodone is a highly addictive and dangerous substance. The conduct of these young men exposed dozens in the Magic Valley – including themselves – to considerable suffering and risk. This office is committed to vigorous prosecution of these cases. I applaud the cooperative efforts of the local and federal law enforcement agencies in this case.”
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