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Ottawa woman, 61, receives 25-year prison sentence in drug trafficking case

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 9:45 p.m.

A northeast Kansas woman guilty of trafficking prescription drugs linked to a man’s death was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

The man died in May 2009 after buying and consuming prescription pills and a toxic white powder misrepresented as methamphetamine from Connie Edwards and one of her associates, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

According to Grissom:

Edwards, of Ottawa, was charged after investigators discovered the man’s drugs came from the trafficking ring headed by the 61-year-old. She later pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute prescription drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and others, in Ottawa from Nov 1, 2007, to Feb. 28, 2012.

An investigation into Edwards’ activities started in 2010 after sources told authorities she let her tenants pay rent in pills and pay for pills with stolen goods.

Co-defendants in the case set for sentencing are:

• Florence Edwards, 39, on April 15

• Angela Mitchell, 36, on April 29

• Brittany Edwards, 20, on May 6

• Dustin Price, 24, on May 6

• Joel Keith Price, 55, on May 6

• Tamara Ledom, 37, on May 28

• Shirley Price, 45, on June 10

• Brandi Bivens, 31, on July 22

Morgan Price, 22, was sentenced to serve five years probation with six months in a halfway house.

All are Ottawa residents, Grissom said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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