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Mississippi woman accused in prescription pill conspiracy

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a South Mississippi woman on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice.

The Sun Herald reports Patricia Maria Leavens is accused of conspiring to distribute and dispense the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax from as early as 2011 until August 2013 in Harrison County.

A criminal forfeiture has been filed for any property or proceeds Leavens allegedly accumulated in the case.

She pleaded not guilty in her initial court appearance before Chief Magistrate Judge Louis Guirola Jr, and was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

She is set for trial in May. Her attorney has filed to postpone the trial to give him more time to prepare her defense.



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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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