4 More Sent to Prison in Fla. Pill Mill Crackdown

By: ap Email
By: ap Email

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Four more people have been sent to
federal prison is part of a crackdown in Florida on pill mills that
illegally distribute powerful prescription painkillers like
oxycodone.

The sentences were part of Operation Oxy Alley that targeted
pain clinics in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Prosecutors say
the clinics illegally distributed 20 million oxycodone pills and
made some $40 million between 2008 and 2010.

Among those sentenced Friday was 30-year-old Christopher Paul
George, who operated the pain clinics along with his twin brother
Jeffrey George. Christopher George got more than 17 years in
prison. Jeffrey George previously received a sentence of more than
15 years.

In all 28 of 32 people charged in the case have pleaded guilty. New government figures show Florida's pill mill problem may be easing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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