Funeral Director Allegedly Attempted To Sell Pills
(Greendale, Ind.) – An Aurora man is accused of attempting to sell prescription pills and having a handgun without a license.
Kris Denney, 38, is a local funeral director at Fitch Denney Funeral Home in Greendale.
In April of 2012, detectives with the Dearborn and Ohio Counties Special Crimes Unit learned from an anonymous tip that Denney was allegedly dealing prescription pain medications. A confidential police informant had told police that Denney was involved in illegal drug activity for the next several months, according to what detectives claimed in a probable cause affidavit.
Last September, Denney allegedly arranged to sell 20 Oxycodone pills for $600 to the SCU’s confidential informant in Greendale.
Officers confronted Denney in the convenience store parking lot where the sale had been arranged. They located a .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle. He allegedly had no permit for the handgun, but told officers that the permit was “in the mail.” Denney had told the detectives of the handgun prior to the search which he had given consent for.
In addition to 19 Oxycodone pills found during the search, detectives located a single phentermine pill. Two suboxone sublingual film wrappers were in Denney’s wallet. He did not have prescriptions for the drugs, but claimed he had purchased them from a “guy in the city.”
In the affidavit, investigators said that Denney admitted the reason he had come to the convenience store was to sell 10 pills and receive money the would-be buyer owed him.
Denney was formally charged on Monday with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone), Possession of a Controlled Substance (Phentermine), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Buprenorphine) – all Class D felonies. Additionally, he was charged with Carrying a Handgun Without a License, a Class A misdemeanor.
During his initial appearance in Dearborn Superior Court II on Monday, Denney pleaded guilty to one of the counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. The three other charges were dismissed. The plea was taken under advisement by Judge Sally Blankenship.
Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4.
Denney’s attorney had no comment on the case Monday.