- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Additional indictments have been announced for illegal prescription drug sales as part of crackdown on prescription drug abuse.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer and assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Drug Enforcement Administration office, Joseph Shepard, said Wednesday that a Little Rock doctor and 18 other people were indicted for conspiracy to distribute the painkiller oxycodone in Lonoke, White, and Pulaski Counties.

Prosecutors say the indictment is a continuation of what is called “Operation Pilluted” in which medical clinics, pharmacies and other locations in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi were raided in May. Hundreds of people, including doctors and pharmacists, have been arrested.

Prosecutors say the doctor would write oxycodone prescriptions and sell them for $500. The prescriptions would be filled and the tablets sold for $30 each.

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