- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers has pleaded guilty to charges as part of a deal with prosecutors.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/1uCImUp ) Mark Graziano said Thursday in court that his popular pharmacy was a major source of narcotic pills for drug dealers. He pleaded guilty to two federal felony counts of drug conspiracy and tax evasion.

The plea deal drops 16 charges and recommends a few years in a minimum-security prison camp.

Graziano’s pharmacy was raided in 2012 amid allegations that he and another man, Michael Enloe, illegally sold about 700,000 hydrocodone pills. For years, Graziano denied any wrongdoing. Enloe pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs.

Graziano and Enloe will be sentenced in February.



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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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