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Kim Silvers’ family had begged her to stop using opioids and heard her promise to do so, only to break that vow repeatedly. They’d cried when she abandoned them, and again when they were sent to different foster homes. Then their mother enlisted in a rigorous court-run treatment program – her best, last chance to avoid permanent loss of her children.
The leader of a prescription forgery ring that distributed hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills was sentenced to 76 months in prison.
Lawyers for the Cherokee Nation opened a new line of attack against the pharmaceutical industry Thursday, filing a lawsuit in tribal court that accuses the nation’s six top drug distributors and pharmacies of flooding communities in Oklahoma with hundreds of millions of highly addictive pain pills.
Mobster John Gotti’s namesake grandson has pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone pills in Queens.
Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in a multistate drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise that distrubuted heroin, methamphetamine and oxycodone pills in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Missoula and other cities.
Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.
A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark case that some medical experts say could reshape how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions.
Spokane police arrested a Coeur d’Alene man Monday who allegedly claimed to be a federal agent in an attempt to get an oxycodone prescription from a pain management clinic in East Central Spokane. Ronald R. Johnson, 58, faces a prescription forgery charge, according to court documents. During a Sept. 25 visit to the clinic, he allegedly provided a fake birth date, address and social security number on paperwork.
Four defendants in a scheme that brought thousands of illicit painkillers weekly to Spokane from California were found guilty Friday by a federal jury. Arvin Carmen, Donta Blackmon, Brandon Chavez and Karlynn Tones were convicted of various charges including distribution of oxycodone, a painkiller that’s outlawed for nonprescription use. Carmen also was found guilty of engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise for his role in the scheme.
Women with ties to a Los Angeles gang smuggled about 10,000 illicit pills a week for several years through Spokane International Airport, according to federal investigators. The painkillers were sold by Spokane drug dealers and the cash collected was then often flown back to California, sometimes in bundles of bills totaling more than $100,000 stashed in checked luggage.
Police arrested a man suspected in the knifepoint robberies of a Walgreens store in North Spokane.
Police were searching Tuesday night for a suspect hiding in a north Spokane neighborhood after they say two men robbed a Rite-Aid pharmacy at gunpoint and fled with oxycodone pills.
Federal prosecutors may boost Spokane’s travel economy the hard way: They intend to transport dozens of suspects indicted in a massive oxycodone distribution ring to Spokane from Los Angeles for prosecution. Federal agents raided 47 locations between the two cities Feb. 28 and arrested more than 40 suspects. However, more than 20 suspects remain at large as part of an indictment charging 62 individuals with a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone between the two cities.
At the height of his addiction, Joshua Dameron would cruise through emergency rooms in Spokane, hoping to score his next fix. Dameron got hooked on prescription pain medication after suffering a herniated disk while working in a dynamite factory. He’s one of thousands of Washington citizens who have gotten addicted to narcotic pain medications over the last decade. One doctor called the pain meds, which go by names such as Vicodin, Percoset and OxyContin, just a “fancy form of heroin.”
Spokane Valley police executed two search warrants Wednesday morning that landed several people in jail.