Ottawa woman gets 18 years in fatal drug case

An Ottawa, Kan., woman was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for her role in a drug trafficking ring that sold to a customer who died of a toxic combination.

Tamara Ledom, 37, had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine and methamphetamine resulting in a death.

Ledom crushed prescription pills into a powder which a man bought believing it was methamphetamine. The man died in May 2009 after injecting the substance and also taking prescription pills.

The leader of the drug ring, Connie Edwards of Ottawa, was earlier sentenced to 25 years in prison.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com