Ottawa woman gets 18 years in man’s drug death

A 37-year-old Ottawa woman who pleaded guilty to drug possession with intent to distribute in connection with a man’s death has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison on the charge, a federal prosecutor said.

Tamara Ledom, who belonged to a drug-trafficking ring operating in Franklin County, crushed prescription pills into a white powder, which she and another woman then sold to the victim as methamphetamine on May 9, 2009, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release. Later that night, the man ingested some prescription pills, then injected himself with the phony meth – a toxic combination of methadone, hydrocodone and carisoprodol that killed him, Grissom said.

In her plea, Ledom admitted she was a member of the ring from November 2007 to February 2012, Grissom said. She pleaded guilty to a single count of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and methamphetamine resulting in the death of a user,” according to the news release.

Investigators also documented other times Ledom sold controlled substances.

Connie Edwards, the 61-year-old leader of the drug ring, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison in March for her role in the man’s death.

Co-defendants set for sentencing are:

• Brittany Edwards, 20, on June 3

• Shirley Price, 45, on June 10

• Dustin Price, 24, on June 10

• Joel Keith Price, 55, on June 10

• Angela Mitchell, 36, on July 8

• Brandi Bivens, 31, on Aug. 19

Morgan Price, 22, was sentenced to five years’ probation with six months in a halfway house; 39-year-old Florence Edwards will serve 12 months’ probation.

All are Ottawa residents, Grissom said.