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COMPTON CALIFORNIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL DISTRIBUTION OF PHARMACEUTICAL CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Drugs Sent By Mail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2008

ALFRED C. TIDMORE, 67, of Compton, California, appeared today in U.S. District Court in Seattle and pleaded guilty to unlawfully distributing pharmaceutical controlled substances in violation of federal law. This offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a period of supervised release of not less than three years.

On multiple occasions between 2006 and 2008, TIDMORE sent packages of pharmaceutical controlled substances, including bottles of hydromorphone pills (a Schedule II controlled substance) and alprazolam (a Schedule IV controlled substance) to Richard G. Friend, of Seattle, Washington, which Friend was selling and distributing to others in the Seattle area. Friend would wire payment to TIDMORE in California for the drugs. Friend was distributing the pills at various locations, including his place of business, Daily Planet Antiques, in Seattle, Washington.

Hydromorphone, commonly marketed as “Dilaudid,” is an opiate used to treat extreme pain. Alprazolam, commonly marketed as “Xanax,” is a benzodiazepine, used in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Both of these drugs are highly addictive and their nonprescribed usage is commonly associated with multiple ill health effects, including behavior disorders, emergency room visits, and death.

On April 22, 2008, a package of drugs sent by TIDMORE from California was intercepted by law enforcement authorities in Seattle and seized upon its arrival.

Friend has already pleaded guilty to participating in these events and is scheduled for sentencing on January 9, 2009 before United States District Judge Richard A. Jones. TIDMORE will be sentenced by Judge Jones on January 30, 2009.

National statistics show an increasing level of unlawful diversion and abuse of pharmaceutical controlled substances, as well as overdoses of such drugs resulting in rising medical costs, serious injury, and death. The unlawful possession and distribution of such substances by individuals – be it by individuals or by medical professionals, contributes to this escalating problem, poses a danger to the user and to others, and constitutes a violation of federal law.

This case is part of a continuing Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation focused upon the unlawful diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances within the Western District of Washington and elsewhere.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ronald J. Friedman.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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