Two California Men Sentenced to Combined 70 months in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone and Hydromorphone
BOISE – Michael Kulikoff, 30, and Kenneth Miller, 57, both of California City, California, were sentenced yesterday for their role in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and hydromorphone, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Kulikoff to 24 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit $15,000 in cash proceeds. Judge Winmill sentenced Miller to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered him to forfeit $8,000 in cash proceeds. Both Kulikoff and Miller pleaded guilty on March 8, 2016.
According to the plea agreement and court proceedings, Kenneth Miller, Diana Miller, and Crystal Clark sold their prescriptions of oxycodone to Kulikoff. Kulikoff admitted to distributing those and other prescription pills in Boise, Idaho. Kulikoff admitted that he distributed between 500 and 1750 30mg pills of oxycodone to a confidential informant and an undercover officer in Idaho. At sentencing, Judge Winmill found that Miller obstructed justice by threatening a witness in California, and imposed a higher sentence on him.
Co-defendants Diana Miller, 41, and Crystal Clark 43, also of California City, California, were previously sentenced to prison. Diana Miller was sentenced on January 15, 2016, to 15 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and was ordered to forfeit $1,400 in cash proceeds. Crystal Clark was sentenced on April 21, 2016, to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to forfeit $8,000 in cash proceeds.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Boise Police Department as an Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF partners include the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s; Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service.
The case was initiated and investigated by the Boise Police Department, and the DEA led Tactical Diversion Squad which is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the DEA, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Boise Police Department, Idaho State Police, Meridian Police Department, Nampa Police Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.