Saturday, July 07, 2001

Couple face charges related to Oxy


State employee got drugs via FedEx

The Associated Press

        HARLAN, Ky. — A former state employee and her husband face drug charges after shipments of OxyContin were intercepted by investigators, authorities said.

        Diana Pittman, 43, and Donald Pittman, 34, both of Evarts, were charged with possessing OxyContin with intent to distribute, conspiring to possess OxyContin and felony use of a communication facility. Diana Pittman had been a case manager for the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children office in Harlan, where shipments of the painkiller were addressed.

        Detective Roger Hall of the Harlan County Sheriff's Department alleged Donald Pittman shipped the drugs via Federal Express last year from Laredo, Texas, to his wife in the state office.

        Mr. Hall said the first package was intercepted Aug. 29 and the second Sept. 6 at Diana Pittman's workplace.

        Diana Pittman was fired Dec. 7, said Michael Jennings, spokesman for the Cabinet for Families and Children. Mr. Jennings said the alleged drug transaction was the reason for her dismissal.

        Diana Pittman was named in an earlier state indictment, charging her with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

       



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