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Leader in Upstate Oxycodone Conspiracy Sentenced to 175 Months

March 7, 2013

Contact Person: Bill Watkins (864) 282-2100

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Richard Jody Silvers, age 43, of Easley, South Carolina, Heath A. Cash, age 30, of Easley, and Gabriel E. Calderon, age 27, of Easley, were sentenced today in federal court in Anderson, based on their involvement in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. Senior United States District Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. of Anderson sentenced Silvers to 175 months, Cash to 96 months, and Calderon to 46 months.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that law enforcement has been investigating a local ring selling oxycodone. Silvers had been creating fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone (90 tablets per prescription and 30mg dosage units) and recruiting individuals to pass the prescriptions. The conspiracy sold the pills for $20 each. Some addicts serviced by the conspiracy used and many as 15 to 20 oxycodone tablets per day. Silvers would pay the prescriptions passers a small amount of money for passing the prescriptions or give them a quantity of the pills received from the prescriptions. Silvers recruited Cash as a prescription passer, but when Silvers was arrested on drug charges Cash and Shelley Nicole Dillard, who has pled guilty but has not been sentenced, took over the creation of fraudulent prescriptions and the recruitments of accomplices. Calderon was recruited by Cash and passed approximately 10 prescriptions for the benefit of the conspiracy. The conspiracy operated from April 2011 until approximately August 2012 when multiple arrests were made. Law enforcement recovered approximately 80 fraudulent prescriptions that had been created by Silvers and his confederates.

The case was investigated by agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.


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