Vidor Woman, Catherine Ardis Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison Following Opioid Overdose Deaths
BEAUMONT, TS (STL.News) A 62-year-old Vidor, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.
Catherine Ardis pleaded guilty on Sep. 10, 2020, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, namely hydromorphone, and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone on Jan. 22, 2021.
According to information presented in court, federal agents began an investigation of Ardis and others in June of 2019 after three persons died as a result of opiates purchased from Ardis at her residence on FM 105 North in Vidor, Texas. Medical examination of the deceased persons determined that the victims died from poly-drug toxicity resulting from the use of hydromorphone pills, also referred to as Dilaudid. As part of the factual basis for the plea, Ardis admitted to selling the hydromorphone pills that resulted in the death of the three victims.
“Prescription opiates require a doctor’s consultation and care for a reason,” said Acting U.S.