Kinser Marine tossed for sharing painkiller with friend
Stars and Stripes August 13, 2006
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine private first class was handed a bad-conduct discharge and 120 days’ confinement here Friday for illegally providing a controlled drug to a friend who shared it with other young Marines in his Camp Kinser barracks room in March.
Pfc. Kolden Daffer, 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal distribution of the controlled drug, which had been prescribed to him for post-operative pain. He also was reduced in rank to E-1 and fined $400.
Under questioning by Maj. Charles Hale, the judge for the special court-martial, Daffer, of Las Vegas, admitted to handing 26 Percocet pills to Pfc. James M. Page, 19, on two occasions. He said Page, a former roommate, pestered him for the first six pills on March 7, just hours after he had returned to his barracks room following outpatient surgery on his left shoulder.
Three days later, he gave Page 20 more pills in return for $140. Percocet is the brand name for a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone that is commonly prescribed for severe pain. Oxycodone is classified as an opiate.
At earlier courts-martial, Page pleaded guilty to participating with other Marines in what amounted to a Percocet party in the room of Cpl. Damon Jordan, 21, who also pleaded guilty to related drug charges. Page was sentenced July 5 to a bad-conduct discharge, reduction in rank to E-1 and 315 days in the brig. Jordan was sentenced June 28 to a bad-conduct discharge, reduction to E-1 and 360 days’ confinement.
All three Marines were assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company of the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.