A Wyoming woman pleaded guilty Friday to two drug conspiracy charges in a 10-defendant drug trafficking case that’s linked to a local doctor suspected of illegally prescribing drugs.
Deni Antelope pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deliver oxycodone and conspiracy to deliver Xanax as part of a deal that would keep her out of prison.
In exchange for her pleas, the prosecution agreed to recommend that she receive three years probation in lieu of a four- to six-year suspended prison sentence on the oxycodone charge. For the Xanax charge, the prosecution will recommend two years of supervised probation in lieu of a suspended 18-to-36-month prison sentence.
The two sentences will run at the same time, which means she will need to comply with probation for three years to avoid serving prison time.
Antelope appeared in Natrona County District Court in street clothes Friday, free on bond. When Judge Daniel Forgey asked her if she pleaded guilty, her response was barely above a whisper.
“Yes,” she said, while nodding her head.
Antelope told the court that she had received prescription pills from Dr. Shakeel Kahn and redistributed them to people in Fremont County without prescriptions. She said that she received “more pills” from the doctor in exchange for her role in the conspiracy.
Kahn and his wife, Lyn Kahn, are facing a total of 45 federal charges in their case.
Prosecutors allege that Kahn sold painkiller prescriptions in exchange for cash. Defendants in the case are alleged to have signed forms at Kahn’s request indicating they would not describe the doctor as a drug dealer.