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Three More Individuals Charged in Effort to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

SEP 14 (BATON ROUGE, La.) – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd and United States Attorney Walt Green announced that combined federal, state, and local efforts to combat prescription drug abuse has resulted in a federal grand jury indictment charging three individuals in a prescription drug and cocaine distribution conspiracy. The Indictment alleges that between October and December of 2013, the defendants conspired to distribute oxycodone and cocaine. If convicted, each defendant could face significant incarceration, fines, restitution, forfeiture, and supervised release following imprisonment.

The following individuals have been indicted:

Armad Rashad Brown, a.k.a. “Stacks,” age 36, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and five counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Bria Huntsberry, age 23, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance.

Tamara Achord, age 45, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

During the arrest of Brown, agents recovered approximately 416 Oxycodone pills, 175 grams of Ecstasy, and three firearms, including an AK-47 from Brown’s residence.

DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Shepherd stated: “Prescription drugs continue to be an extremely serious problem, not just in Louisiana, but nationwide.  DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate organizations that peddle drugs in our communities. Those persons who are involved in this illicit activity will be forced to bear the consequences of their actions.”

United States Attorney Green stated: “Prescription drug misuse and addiction is a prevalent issue affecting Baton Rouge and the nation at large. In particular, studies have shown that prescription drugs account for a vast majority of drug overdoses. Prescription drug abuse and the related societal costs are a high priority of this office, and we are committed to reversing this deadly trend.”

Parents and children are encouraged to educate themselves about the dangers of drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.JustThinkTwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

 


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