Scroggins pleads guilty to selling OxyContin

Woman, 27, to be sentenced Dec. 14

Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2009

Selling two OxyContin pills to a confidential informant on two separate occasions has resulted in two felony convictions for 27-year-old Amber Scroggins.

Scroggins pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony drug charges and will likely serve a couple years in prison after initially facing up to 60 years. One drug charge was dismissed and the two others were reduced as part of the plea agreement with the state. The plea agreement also calls for the court to determine possible fines and the prison sentence.

Scroggins pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, class B felonies each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. She was originally indicted on three counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, class A felonies each punishable by up to up 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sitka Superior Judge David George, presiding over the case by phone, said defendants are generally sentenced to one to three years in prison for a first-time class B felony conviction, which is the case with Scroggins.

"That sentence would be left open to the court," George told Scroggins. "Sentences can be imposed consecutively, meaning back-to-back, in those cases."

George scheduled sentencing for Dec. 14.

The state dismissed one charge resulting from a controlled buy on March 12 orchestrated by the Juneau Police Department Metro Drug Unit, during which Scroggins sold two 80-milligram OxyContin pills to a confidential informant. As part of the plea agreement, Scroggins admitted to the act in court but will not be convicted of the charge.

Scroggins pleaded guilty to selling two 80-milligram OxyContin pills to the same informant on March 13 outside the Bergman Hotel with codefendant Cory T. Stephens. Stephens accepted a felony plea deal Monday that calls for 24 months in prison with 18 months suspended and three years of probation.

"Ms. Scroggins spoke with the confidential informant and discussed the purchase of 'beans,' otherwise known as OxyContin," Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp said, "and the confidential informant requested that two beans be provided and Ms. Scroggins indicated she could provide that."

The informant paid Scroggins $320 for the two pills with cash provided by the police, Kemp said.

"When Ms. Scroggins provided the pills, the confidential informant noted to investigators that there were at least six more pills in the container." Kemp said.

Scroggins' defense attorney, Jim Curtain, objected to that statement. Kemp said she felt it was relevant information that will be provided in the presentence report.

George clarified that only the two OxyContin pills were being considered as the state's burden of proof in the plea agreement. The alleged six pills "may or may not add color" to the court's consideration at the time of sentencing, he said.

Scroggins also pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling two 80-milligram OxyContin pills to the same confidential informant on April 8. Scroggins admitted to selling the pills for $320 near the water treatment plant in the Mendenhall Valley with codefendant Haley Rogers.

Rogers pleaded guilty last month to a felony drug misconduct charge that will result in no prison time if she completes a drug rehabilitation program and doesn't violate probation.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or by e-mail at eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.



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