Brown pleads not guilty to selling Oxy

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

A 68-year-old man pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

A grand jury indicted Dennis H. Brown on Friday to three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance. According to the charging document, Brown did knowingly possess oxycodone on three separate occasions with intent to distribute.

The felony charges stemmed from three separate incidents in April and May of last year in Juneau, according to prosecutors.

An arraignment was postponed Tuesday because the public defender's office said it had a conflict of interest in representing Brown because it is presently representing an undercover informant linked to Brown's case. The Office of Public Advocacy represented Brown during his arraignment Wednesday.

Brown is currently being lodged in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. A bail hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. Friday in Juneau Superior Court at the Dimond Courthouse.

Oxycodone is an opiate medication prescribed for pain. OxyContin is the name brand of an extended-release form of oxycodone, which police officers and drug addiction specialists say has become an increasing problem in the community in recent years. A single 80-milligram pill is estimated to have a street value between $175 and as much as $250, according to the Juneau Police Department.

In a separate case, Brown pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony. The state alleges that Brown knowingly possessed heroin on May 2 in the Juneau area.

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