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Antique store owner pleads guilty to drug charge

Richard Glen Friend, owner and operator of Daily Planet Antiques, 6016 Phinney Ave. N., plead guilty in U.S. District court today on a felony charge of “acquiring controlled substances by deception and subterfuge in violation of federal law,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.

During the Fall of 2006, through the Spring of 2008, in addition to working at Daily Planet Antiques, FRIEND was unlawfully acquiring and distributing pharmaceutical controlled substances to others. Some of these activities occurred at his business. Controlled substances unlawfully sold by FRIEND to others included pills containing oxycodone, methylphenidate, methadone, alprazolam, hydromorphone, and clonazepan.

Friend is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 9. He could be facing up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.