- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Kansas City say 11 defendants have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a $1.2 million conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.

The indictment announced Thursday says the defendants, all from the Kansas City metropolitan area, obtained the drugs using forged and fraudulent prescriptions. All the defendants were charged with conspiracy to use another person’s identification for a drug-trafficking crime.

The indictment alleges the conspiracy began in June 2013. Prosecutors say the conspirators used identifications obtained fraudulently from health care providers. Conspirators allegedly used the identifications and prescription papers to prepare false prescriptions for controlled substances, including Oxycodone.

They used the false prescriptions at pharmacies in the Kansas City area and then distributed the drugs.

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