19 Sentenced in Operation "Oxy Express" King of Hudson Sentenced to 20 Years
OCT 30 -- Tampa, FL – Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division and A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida announced today that United States District Judge Virginia M. Covington has sentenced 19 defendants indicted as part of Operation “Oxy Express.” (See list for names, ages, and sentences of defendants). All 19 defendants had pleaded guilty to various drug trafficking charges stemming from their participation in a large oxycodone trafficking organization.
According to the defendants’ plea agreements, the 19 were part of a highly organized group of individuals headed by Arde Harry Olsen, a/k/a King of Hudson. The group obtained large amounts of oxycodone from various pharmacies throughout the Tampa Bay metropolitan area using the “doctor shopper” method of diversion. Olsen paid “doctor shoppers” to visit doctors and obtain prescriptions for oxycodone. The oxycodone was then rationed out to the “doctor shoppers” to maintain control of the organization, as well as distributed locally and interstate to oxycodone distributors. Olsen primarily used an auto repair shop and his former residence in Hudson to conduct the group’s oxycodone business.
Judge Covington entered a money judgment in excess of $1 million dollars against Olsen, and others, which represents the amount of drug proceeds obtained during the oxycodone trafficking conspiracy. The court also ordered the forfeiture of two vehicles and three pieces of property.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, which were assisted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Those sentenced were: