Oxycodone Trafficker Sentenced to 10 Years www.privateofficer.com
SAN FRANCISCO CA Feb 7 2013—Ella Mae Simpson, 55, of Hayward, California, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone, and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced.
On May 18, 2012, before U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston, Simpson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. § 846; three counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of oxycodone in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C); and one count of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(C). Simpson admitted that, between April 5, 2011 and June 9, 2011, she conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute, and she conspired to distribute oxycodone. Simpson further admitted that on three separate dates between April 5, 2011 and June 8, 2011, she distributed oxycodone and that on June 9, 2011, she possessed oxycodone with the intent to distribute it, all in the Northern District of California. On June 9, 2011, law enforcement officers seized $235,524 along with a firearm from Simpson’s residence. There was no plea agreement.
At the sentencing hearing, Judge Illston also ordered the forfeiture of the $235,524 and imposed a three-year period of supervised release. Simpson was ordered to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 22, 2013.
Denise Marie Barton and Katherine Dowling are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of AUSAs Patty Kenney, Dave Countrymen, Arvon Perteet, and Alicia Jusey of the Asset Forfeiture Unit; and Maryam Beros and Rawaty Yim. The prosecution is the result of a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
A copy of this press release may be found on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s website at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can.