News Release
December 8, 2008
Contact: Chuvalo J. Truesdell
Number: 404-893-7124

Former Jackson, Tennessee Dentist Pleads Guilty to Illegal Distribution of Hydrocodone

DEC 8 -- (Jackson, TN) - Rudy YOUNG, 58, a dentist formerly from Jackson, Tennessee, plead guilty to a two count Information in Federal Court, announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. YOUNG entered his plea today and is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Court Judge James D. Todd on March 24, 2009. YOUNG faces up to nine years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines.

According to the Information and to testimony in court, YOUNG was a dentist in Madison County, Tennessee and during that time, YOUNG received Hydrocodone pills, which are a Schedule III drug, with the intent to illegally distribute. The Information stated that YOUNG did distribute the Hydrocodone pills and then intentionally omitted reporting the information to the DEA as he was required to do. As stated in court, YOUNG distributed approximately 3650 10mg tablets to various individuals throughout West Tennessee.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jerry Kitchen is handling the case for the government.

Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at and takes you directly to the Diversion Control and Prescription Drugs link.