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December 24, 2013

Parriman pleads guilty in federal drug case

Conspiracy included family

LONDON —  A local woman has pled guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

    Madie Sue Parriman, 57, of Pine Knot entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram last Thursday in London.

    The case began in May 2009 when a confidential informant purchased oxycodone from Parriman. During a December 2012 raid on the home she shared with her husband, Timmie, Mrs. Parriman admitted in a recorded statement “that she sold 150 tablets containing oxycodone per day for 3 years.”

    The subsequent investigation revealed that the Parrimans purchased oxycodone tablets from Devon Jackson and William Strickland of Detroit, who were arrested as they attempted to make a delivery. Mr. Parriman, according to court documents, admitted that his stepson, Gary Cooper, usually paid for the half of each delivery.

    During the summer of 2013, confidential informants made purchases from both Cooper and his sister, Samantha Watters.

    In July, all six had been indicted by a federal grand jury. Jackson entered into a plea agreement soon after and was sentenced in September.

    According to court documents, Mr. Parriman was set to plead guilty to

conspiracy on Monday while re-arraignments for Cooper and Watters have been scheduled for January 8. Strickland’s motion for rearraignment, filed Monday, was pending at press time.

    In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped possession counts against Mrs. Parriman and may drop a separate case filed against her last September in which she is accused of aiding others to possess oxycodone by driving them to another supplier for $5 a trip.

    A jury trial in that case has been continued to April 28, pending the outcome of Mrs. Parriman’s scheduled sentencing hearing for the conspiracy count on April 23. She faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

    The investigation began locally through the McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the Lake Cumberland Area Drug Task Force before being turned over to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

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