Ottawa woman pleads in deadly drug case

11/21/2012 5:36 PM

11/22/2012 9:30 AM

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.

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service