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Front Royal woman pleads guilty to leading drug network

A news release from the United States Attorney’s Office confirms that a Front Royal woman has pleaded guilty to leading a drug network in Front Royal.

Candie Marie Calix  pleaded guilty to being the ringleader of a decade long oxycodone distribution network.

Calix sourced high dosage oxycodone pills from a doctor in Arlington.

The doctor, identified in court documents as simply Doctor 1, would prescribe the pills in far higher doses than therapeutic purposes.

The 40 year old Calix worked as an office manager for the physician in Arlington.

Doctor 1 prescribed almost 50,000 oxycodone pills in various strengths between 2012 and 2022 to Calix.

Calix’s relatives including her mother, grandparents, brother and husband would help distribute the pills.

Calix was also accused of recruiting at least 12 other Front Royal residents to become patients of Doctor 1 to obtain more oxycodone.

Those recruits would than give the larger dose pills back to Calix to be distributed and keep the smaller doses for themselves.

The network could net up to $5,000 a month in profits.

Calix could receive up to 20 years in prison in sentencing scheduled for September 28.

Co-conspirators of Calix, 56 year old Kendall Sovereign and 35 year old Jessica Talbott both of Front Royal pleaded guilty to their involvement in the network.

Both Sovereign and Talbott are set for sentencing September 21.

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