- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

PLANO, Texas (AP) - A North Texas pharmacist has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute large amounts of the painkiller oxycodone.

U.S. Attorney John Bales said in a statement Friday that 29-year-old John Christopher Esparza of Granbury, Texas was indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month.

Esparza allegedly sold large quantities of oxycodone to an informant. An investigation showed that about $2.9 million of oxycodone was unaccounted for in the pharmacy’s inventory records.

If convicted, Esparza faces up to 20 years in federal prison. A trial date has not been set.

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