Wilkins woman, 6 others indicted on charges of distributing oxycodone

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After building a case on thousands of intercepted cell phone calls and surveillance, federal agents say they have dismantled an oxycodone ring run by a Wilkins woman and supplied from Detroit, with some of the pills being delivered to a local dentist.

A federal grand jury this week indicted Brandy Bara, also known as Brandy Marie White, 33, of Briaridge Drive in Wilkins, along with her aunt and five others.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the Bara organization sold thousands of oxycodone pills in the region, delivered to Ms. Bara at her house by Detroit sources and distributed here by other ring members, one of them her aunt, Nicole Goughler.

Federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint under seal on July 10 against Ms. Bara, Ms. Goughler and three others — Tarrance Mays, Lamont Whitfield and Corey Rodriguez.

A grand jury indictment, returned this week and unsealed Wednesday, adds two other defendants: Telano White, who is in jail in Michigan, and Max Guardalabene.

According to an affidavit filed by the DEA, which worked with the FBI, state police and local officers on the case, Ms. Bara directed the ring with Mr. Mays and Mr. Whitfield, whom she called her “boys,” delivering shipments to her house from Detroit every week.

Ms. Goughler was identified as a distributor who worked with Ms. Bara to deliver pills to a dentist, who has not been named.

Agents wiretapped four cell phones and, using a camera trained on Ms. Bara’s house, watched as the suppliers arrived at the home in May and June. After one transaction on May 27, state troopers working with the DEA pulled over Mr. Mays’ rented car and seized more than 1,000 oxycodone pills wrapped in socks, but let him go pending further investigation while agents continued the wiretap.

In a subsequent call, agents listened as Mr. Mays discussed the police stop with Ms. Bara. He acknowledged that it was a problem but said he was “staying in this biz.”

“Monday we back on popping,” he said, according to a transcript.

The DEA said Ms. Bara later agreed to meet Mr. Mays at a restaurant off Interstate 80 in Ohio, halfway between Detroit and Pittsburgh, in an attempt to avoid police interference.

Agents said they also watched as Mr. Whitfield made deliveries to Ms. Bara’s house.

In addition, they said they monitored another transaction between Ms. Bara and her aunt in Shadyside, after which they followed Ms. Goughler as she drove on Route 8 to deliver the pills to a dentist with whom she and Ms. Bara had been dealing.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510. First Published July 24, 2014 12:00 AM

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