Drug Enforcement Administration

San Francisco

Christopher Nielsen, Special Agent in Charge

August 15, 2014

Contact: Casey Rettig

Phone Number: (415) 436-7900

Guilty Plea In Interstate Prescription Pill Trafficking Conspiracy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Charles Connor, 34, of Anchorage, Alaska, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

According to court documents, on December 17, 2012, the postal service in Anchorage intercepted a package addressed to Connor that contained 300 oxycodone tablets. Law enforcement arranged for the package to be delivered to Connor, resulting in his arrest.

Further investigation revealed that from November 7, 2011, through December 17, 2012, Connor had been receiving shipments of controlled substances from a person in Marysville and making deposits in her bank account to pay for them. Approximately 9,600 pills were shipped to Connor and about two-thirds of the pills were oxycodone and one third were tablets of morphine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Olusere Olowoyeye is prosecuting the case.

Connor is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley on November 13, 2014. Connor faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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