Former Boonsboro Resident Sentenced to 13 Years for Trafficking Prescription Drugs to High School Students

One Student Dies After Receiving Drugs from Defendant

December 19, 2008

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Kathleen Ann Harris, age 39, of Olney, Maryland, today to 13 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, resulting in the death of a juvenile, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to her plea agreement, beginning in 2006, Kathleen Ann Harris and Robert Carroll Eichelberger began selling prescription drugs including methadone and various brands of oxycodone and hydrocodone. Harris was able to obtain the drugs because she had medical problems that allowed her to get prescriptions from physicians, who were unaware that she intended to sell the drugs. Among the customers of Harris and Eichelberger was a high school student in western Maryland. For approximately six months, Eichelberger sold the drugs he obtained from Harris to the student and the student’s associates, as well as other customers. On July 25, 2007, Harris and Eichelberger went to the student’s home to sell him drugs and all three consumed alcohol while there. Harris handed the student some methadone pills from her purse and received cash from the student. The student died in bed late that night or the following day. According to the medical examiner’s report, the student died of methadone and alcohol intoxication.

Eichelberger, age 37, of Hagerstown, formerly of Boonsboro, was sentenced on December 4, 2008, to 20 years in prison on the same charge.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maryland State Police, the Washington County Narcotics Task Force and Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore and his office for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys P. Michael Cunningham, Robert R. Harding and Special Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Teelucksingh, who prosecuted the case.



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