Security Guard At Chattanooga Pill Mill Enters Guilty Sentence

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A security guard at a local "pill mill" is facing up to 20 years in prison after a guilty plea in Federal Court.

Kenneth Edwards appeared before Federal Magistrate Bill Carter.

Edwards will be sentenced on June 9 by Judge Sandy Mattice on his plea to unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Edwards was employed at Superior One Pain Clinic and later at Elite Care Pain Clinic, both in Chattanooga, in 2011. Superior was owned by Faith Blake and her mother. After it closed in July 2011, Ms. Blake opened Elite Care, which operated until November 2011.

Prosecutors said the clinics operated on a cash only basis and large numbers of patients were seen on a daily basis, almost all of whom were prescribed controlled substances.

Edwards said he met Ms. Blake when he was working as a bouncer at the Electric Cowboy. She offered him a job.

He said he would be prescribed pills at the clinic and he would transfer them to Ms. Blake. He said Ms. Blake was receiving oxycodone from others as well as abusing the drug.  


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