Ex-pharmacist sentenced in drug crimes case

A pharmacist who became a gun-toting drug dealer and user was sentenced in Baton Rouge on Tuesday to 21 months in prison after admitting he sold dangerous painkillers and stimulants illegally.

Former Livingston Parish pharmacy owner Kirkland Jeane, who has two 13-year-old convictions for grand larceny and embezzlement in Washington County, Va., also admitted that he was a felon in posssession of a .380-caliber pistol on April 11, 2012. That was the day Jeane, 41, was stopped for traffic violations by Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who found addictive, potentially lethal painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs intended for illegal sales in his vehicle.

Deputies searched the former Walker resident’s vehicle after they noticed large quantities of alprazolam and hydrocodone pills.

“He (Jeane) had a kind of home delivery business,” U.S. District Judge James J. Brady noted at the sentencing hearing. Brady added that Jeane could have been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison if he had not cooperated with federal officials over the past several months.

Jeane apologized and said, “I had everything in life you could dream of, and I took a wrong turn.”

The judge wanted to know more about the grand larceny and embezzlement convictions in Virginia.

Jeane replied that he took money from his place of employment in 2000 and gave it to a 15-year employee who could not persuade a manager to grant him a raise.

Jeane has admitted using some of the same drugs he illegally sold.

Jeane was released on bail after his initial arrest, but he was jailed in October after his then-wife, Amanda Jeane, told Livingston deputies he had forged her signature on checks totaling $25,400 on an account in her name. The couple had separated in July 2011, Amanda Jeane later testified.

Kirkland Jeane told Brady on Tuesday that he and Amanda are now divorced.

Amanda Jeane testified in December that she reported the check forgeries in October, after Kirkland Jeane failed to complete a division of property that would have given her sole possession of the home in Walker to rear her children.

The judge asked if the property division was completed.

Kirkland Jeane said a final property settlement has not been signed.

“My ex-wife has a pretty good job” and is making the payments on the home, Kirkland Jeane added.

Jeane, who received his pharmacy degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in December 1998, signed a federal court record in which he admitted he initially told deputies he received a large quantity of painkillers and other drugs in lieu of payment from another man. The druggist also falsely told deputies he planned to sell those drugs at his Village Pharmacy in Port Vincent.

Despite his prior convictions, both Jeane and his pharmacy held valid licenses from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy when he was arrested last year.

Pharmacy Board records show Jeane voluntarily surrendered his personal license April 30, 2012. He surrendered Village Pharmacy’s license on May 4, 2012.

And the board revoked both licenses permanently on Dec. 12. Board members also permanently banned Jeane from seeking a new pharmacist’s license or acquiring an ownership interest in any pharmacy in Louisiana.

In January, Jeane signed the court document in which he admitted that he initially lied to deputies in April about the drugs. Jeane admitted that he kept the pistol in his car for protection when “he sold the drugs on the street, at his home and by delivery to the homes of other individuals.”

In return for his admissions and cooperation, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cam T. Le and Frederick A. Menner Jr. agreed not to prosecute Jeane on additional charges related to his drug crimes.

Jeane was represented by attorneys Nathan S. Fisher, Ronald J. Rakosky and Anthony M. Bertucci.

Deputies found other controlled substances in Jeane’s vehicle. They included amphetamine, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone.

Although Jeane was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison, he will be released in about 10 months. He is credited for the 11 months he has served in custody since his bail was revoked in October.

Brady also ordered Jeane to serve three years of post-prison supervision by federal investigators. And the judge fined Jeane $3,000.

Brady warned Jeane not to commit any crimes in the future, adding: “It disturbs me that you have a pattern of engaging in criminal conduct.”