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Ottawa woman pleads in deadly drug case

  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.

An Ottawa, Kan., woman on Wednesday became the latest defendant to plead guilty in a drug trafficking case that involved a man’s death.

Connie Edwards, 60, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute prescription drugs. Federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a penalty of 25 years when she is sentenced March 4.

Edwards was one of 10 Ottawa people charged in the case. She rented property to tenants who paid her with prescription drugs and she accepted stolen property as payment for pills. Prosecutors say a man who bought drugs from the ring died in May 2009. William Thomas Powell bought what he was told was methamphetamine but it was actually a mixture of hydrocodone, methadone and carisoprodol. He later purchased prescription pills from Edwards. He died after taking the pills and injecting the drug mixture.

Brittany Edwards, 20, Shirley Price, 45, Dustin Price, 24, and Joel Keith Price, 55, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Morgan Price, 22, pleaded guilty to possession.

Brandi Bivens, 30, Angela Mitchell, 35, Tamara Ledom, 37, and Florence Edwards, 39, are awaiting trial.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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