- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two Houston men are facing numerous charges for illegally distributing 1.6 million orders of the pain reliever oxycodone over a three-year period.

Authorities said in a release Monday that 76-year-old David D. Devido and 70-year-old Dr. Richard Arthur Evans have been indicted on charges that include distribution of controlled substances.

Both men surrendered to authorities Monday.

The indictment contends Evans wrote prescriptions for oxycodone, and also hydrocodone, and Devido dispensed them. Authorities allege the drugs were not prescribed for a legitimate medical purpose.

They say a Houston pharmacy previously owned by Devido was used to dispense the drugs.

The indictment alleges Evans charged patients at least $200 for an initial office visit and the same amount for refills, even though refills are not allowed for the narcotics.

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