The packages were separately destined for Kenneth Howard and Jennifer Petitjean in Alabama. An investigation found the drugs were ultimately delivered to Ochle and Howard’s cousin, Kevin Pederson.
Photo of Ochle pulled from his Freakstep website.
Petitjean said she was receiving package deliveries for Shawn Perkins in Birmingham, according to the press release. Ecstasy, Xanax, LSD, cocaine and marijuana were seized from Pederson’s vehicle, his apartment and the mail.
Those drugs were intended for distribution at Spring Weekend — a beach music festival that caters to a college-age crowd — in Panama City Beach, Florida, according to testimony.
Throughout the investigation, about 30 pounds of illegal drugs, including about 20,000 Ecstasy pills and four pounds of crystal Molly, were confiscated.
Alabama judge Madeline Haikala sentenced Ochle to 10½ years. Ochle “created both addicts and victims,” according to U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town.
Pedersen, 28, Perkins, 22, Petitjean, 31, and Howard, 38, all pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to distribute MDMA. Howard received eight weekends in jail; the rest await sentencing.
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