Pharmacist in Louisiana Sentenced to 72 Months in Federal Prison in Connection with Drug Crimes and Money Laundering
New Orleans, Louisiana – A pharmacist in Louisiana has been sentenced to 72 months in federal prison for drug crimes and money laundering.
On May 26, 2023, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana announced that Keith Wilkinson, a pharmacist who owned and operated Wilkinson Family Pharmacy located in St. Bernard Parish, was sentenced on May 24, 2023, to serve 72 months (6 years) in custody for his role in a conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and money laundering.
According to the bill of information, beginning before 2014 and continuing until the bill of information was filed on September 14, 2018, Wilkinson and others conspired to dispense quantities of controlled substances outside the scope of his professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. Wilkinson also engaged in money laundering with revenues from illicit activity.
Wilkinson was sentenced to 72 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $200 obligatory special assessment charge on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
This prosecution was part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force’s investigation (OCDETF). The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshals Service, and the Louisiana State Police all investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn McHugh of the Financial Crimes Unit oversaw the prosecution.