Augusta woman sentenced to 42 months for running oxy to Maine from Florida

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 5:42 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Augusta woman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years and nine months in prison for being part of a conspiracy between March and August 2010 to obtain oxycodone from pain clinics in Florida and distribute the pills in Maine.

Allison Simmons-Murphy, 46, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

She pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone with her former husband Curtis Simmons, 50, of Augusta. After he was arrested on drug charges and in jail, she continued to obtain and distribute the drug, according to court documents.

Curtis Simmons was sentenced on July 31 to 9½ years in prison on the same charge. He also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Simmons-Murphy was held responsible for nearly 1,200 pills, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case. Her ex-husband’s sentence was much longer because he was held responsible for the 1,200 pills plus an additional 2,082 recorded in a drug ledger. Simmons’ possession of a gun while dealing drugs and his criminal history also earned him a longer sentence.

A third person, Linda Cardenales, 41, of Tampa, Fla., was sentenced in May to a year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release for being part of the drug conspiracy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joyce declined to say Friday how the trio obtained drugs in Florida or whether others would be charged.

All three defendants faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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