Drug Enforcement Administration


Kevin W. Carter, Special Agent in Charge

November 28, 2012

Contact: Public Information Officer

Phone Number: (571) 362-2887

Oxycodone Trafficker Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

ORLANDO, Fla. - Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), Miami Field Division, and Robert E. O’Neill, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, announced yesterday that U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell  sentenced James (49, Irvine, KY) to 14 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute Oxycodone. Tipton was found guilty by a federal jury on April 6, 2012.  Due to his prior criminal history, Tipton is designated as a career offender.

According to court documents, Tipton, along with two other (Harold Durham and Danny Winburn) traveled with $29,030.10 in cash from Kentucky to Orlando to purchase 2,000 oxycodone pills.  Unbeknownst to them, the seller was a confidential informant.  Upon meeting the informant to obtain the pills, Tipton and his conspirators were arrested.

(46, Richmond, KY) was found guilty during a separate trial. On July 24, 2012, he was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison. (78, Irvine, KY) is scheduled for trial in January 2013.

This case was investigated by the DEA Orlando District Office.
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