- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A federal judge in Seattle has sentenced the former bookkeeper of an online pharmacy to five years in prison for illegally distributing hundreds of thousands of narcotic drugs across the country.

Thomas Brooke of Cooper City, Florida, must also spend three years on supervised release once he completes his sentence.

Federal prosecutors say Brooke was the bookkeeper for Discount Pharmacy. The company sold drugs to about 200 customers in Washington state between 2009 and 2012. The drugs included hydrocodone. The people who bought the drugs did not have valid prescriptions.

Prosecutors say the conspiracy brought in more than $9 million in revenue over three years.

The people involved in the company laundered the funds through a brick-and-mortar pharmacy in Florida called Discount Pharmacy of Pines.

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