- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Columbus man will serve 12 years and seven months in prison for running a prescription pill-trafficking ring dubbed a “pipeline of death” by a federal court judge.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1J0OJqR ) 41-year-old Donald Fraley pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic oxycodone between Ohio and Florida in February.

Officials say couriers visited doctors and obtained prescriptions that were filled in various states before being turned over to Fraley, who sold the pills.

Court documents say the couriers brought Fraley more than 37,000 pills between 2008 and 2014.

In a January plea deal, Fraley agreed to forfeit property bought with drug proceeds, including $5,101 in cash and a 2006 GMC Envoy Denali.

Fraley apologized Wednesday for the crime, before offering “it’s not easy out there” to the court.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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