61-year-old Connecticut woman gets 18 months for trading oxycodone for crack cocaine

Posted Sept. 26, 2013, at 6:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A 61-year-old woman from Stamford, Conn., was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 18 months in federal prison for her role in a conspiracy to bring oxycodone to Maine in exchange for crack cocaine.

Laurie O’Brien also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after she completes her prison term.

O’Brien pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone.

She admitted that she and her partner, Susan Tomczyk, 58, of Stamford, Conn., traded Barry “Lucky” Diaz, 30, of Stamford, Conn., oxycodone for crack cocaine. O’Brien and Tomczyk both admitted to bringing 814 30-milligram pills from Connecticut to Maine between April and August 2011 for Diaz.

O’Brien originally had a prescription for 15-milligram pills of the powerful painkiller, U.S. District Court John Woodcock said in sentencing O’Brien. When Diaz told the women he needed 30-milligram pills, O’Brien went back to her doctor and complained of “phantom pain” to get her dosage increased, the judge said.

Tomczyk pleaded guilty last year to the same charge O’Brien did. Tomczyk was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.

Woodcock said O’Brien played a lesser role in the conspiracy than Tomczyk did.

Diaz has been charged in two separate drug conspiracies and allegedly was responsible for distributing oxycodone and cocaine in central Maine. He is scheduled to go on trial in January.

O’Brien has been held without bail since her arrest in October. That time will be applied to her sentence.

She faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joyce and defense attorney Joseph Bethony of Bangor recommended a sentence of between 18 and 20 months.

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