OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
July 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Moundsville Resident Enters
Guilty Plea to Drug Charge
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 30 year old Moundsville resident entered a plea of guilty today (July 1, 2011), in United States District Court in Wheeling before Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that KRISTIN ANDERSON
entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and cocaine from February of 2010 to March 26, 2011. As part of the conspiracy, ANDERSON and others engaged in “doctor shopping” in Daytona Beach, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Rock Hill, South Carolina, by going to doctors in those cities and claiming medical maladies and then requesting and obtaining pain pills, primarily Oxycodone. As part of her plea, ANDERSON admitted to being involved with between 10,000 to 14,500 pills, which would have a street value of between $300,000 and $425,000.
According to USA Ihlenfeld, after the arrest of certain co-conspirators, ANDERSON contacted the investigators and gave a Mirandized statement regarding her role in the organization, and the organization’s endeavors.
ANDERSON admitted traveling to the Florida pain clinics in multiple occasions with Kidd and at least 8 other of the named co-conspirators, as well as others not yet named.
Anderson would assist her co-conspirators in concealing the pills, so they wouldn’t be detected if they were stopped by the police.
ANDERSON also admitted to assisting her co-conspirators in packaging the pills into lots of 50 or 100, as well as assisting in the collection of money owed by various users that were supplied by this operation.
ANDERSON, who is free on bond pending sentencing, faces a maximum exposure of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.
The case was prosecuted by USA Ihlenfeld and Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the West Virginia State Police-Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, the Moundsville Police Department, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, the Martins Ferry Police Department, the Volusia Bureau of Investigations - Central Florida HIDTA, and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Orlando, Florida. The Ohio Valley Drug & Violent Crime Task Force consists of the Wheeling Police Department, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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