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Friday, July 1, 2016

Five People Indicted in Conspiracy to Distribute Prescription Drugs in and Around Auburn

       Montgomery, Ala. – Five individuals were arrested over the past two weeks after being indicted and charged with prescription drug distribution offenses, announced United States Attorney George L. Beck, Jr.

       The individuals arrested were: Bradford A. Blount, 25, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama; Dennis Michael Elder, 26, of Vestavia Hills; Saxon R. Monk, 25, of Washington, D.C.; Randolph D. Ogburn, 64, of Valley, Alabama; and Lewis Michael James, 57, of West Point, Georgia. 

       According to the indictment, in 2013, the defendants were involved in a conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, including oxycodone, in and around Auburn, Alabama.  The indictment also charges Blount with possessing heroin and Elder with carrying a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime. 

       If convicted of the drug distribution conspiracy, each individual faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment.  Also, Elder faces an additional sentence of not less than 5 years’ imprisonment if he is convicted of the firearms offense. 

       An indictment merely alleges that a crime has been committed and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

       This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Auburn Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan S. Ross is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 1, 2016