Richmond woman convicted for trafficking oxycodone

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A federal jury has found a Richmond woman guilty of trafficking oxycodone, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Wardle, a 65-year-old, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and of two counts of distributing oxycodone on  February 16, 2018 and March 7, 2018.

Wardle was on trial for three days in U.S. District Court.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, trial testimony revealed Wardle worked with Shannon Allen, Bianca Pennington, Malik Chapman, and others to distribute the drug through Richmond and surrounding areas.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Chapman and others transported the pills from Detroit, Michigan to Richmond where Allen and Pennington gave them to local dealers, including Wardle. Wardle most often distributed the pills from her house.

The Department of Justice says Wardle’s co-defendants had all pleaded guilty prior to trial.

Wardle is scheduled to be sentenced August 29. She and her co-defendants could go to prison for up to 20 years.

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