Federal jury finds accused ‘pill mill’ owner guilty on 57 counts
By J.J. Kindred (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KNOXVILLE — Tamral (Tammy) Guzman is still on the run, but a federal jury found her guilty on 57 counts on Thursday morning, including conspiracy, possession and money laundering under the guise of her now-closed business, Maryville Pain Management and Detox Clinic.
On the 10th day of the trial, with Guzman still at large and being sought by U.S. marshals after failing to show up for court on Tuesday morning, jurors returned 57 charges, including conspiracy to distribute Schedule II and Schedule IV substances, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II and IV substances and 55 different counts of money laundering.
The verdict comes after several hours of deliberation on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning; the trial continued in spite of Guzman’s absence. The 42-year-old allegedly left a note for her mother, Sandra Gardner, that said, “I will always love you all. Sorry about everything. You all take care. Love, Tamral.”
After the verdict was delivered, court officials scheduled an afternoon hearing to consider seizure of Guzman’s assets and her sentencing.
Look for more information on this story as it develops, on our website and in Friday’s edition of The Daily Times.