Woman given 18 years in drug case tied to death

OTTAWA, Kansas (AP) – An Ottawa woman was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for her role in a drug sale that led to a man’s death.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Tamara Ledom crushed prescription drugs into a power that the man thought was methamphetamine. He died in May 2009 after using the drug and taking prescription pills.

Ledom was sentenced Tuesday for one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute drugs that led to a death.

The case includes eight other co-defendants who have either pleaded guilty or are awaiting trial.

The leader of the drug ring, Connie Edwards of Ottawa, is serving a 25-year prison sentence.

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