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Trio pleads guilty in pain pill distribution ring


Three people pled guilty on Wednesday to federal charges of obtaining and dealing oxycodone pills.  U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says 61-year-old Wallace Stogner of Bogalusa, 31-year-old Danielle Meisner of Mandeville and 57-year-old Karen Smith of Slidell all entered guilty pleas in court today to charges relating to illegal distribution a prescription-only schedule II controlled substance that is often abused and highly addictive.  

Stogner pled guilty to two counts of illegal distribution of the opioid as charged in an indictment filed last year.  Meisner and Smith each pled guilty to a superseding bill of information charging conspiracy to obtain controlled substances through misrepresentation and subterfuge. 

All three defendants are scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt on November 9, 2016.  Stogner faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.  Meisner and Smith could be sentenced for up to four years for their crime.  

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the DEA Tactical Diversion Squad in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael B. Redmann was in charge of the prosecution.

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