Calif. residents indicted in $3M drug operation

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Updated: 4/18/2013 4:49 pm

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people, most of them Central California residents, are facing charges in an interstate drug trafficking ring that included oxycodone and allegedly brought in over $3 million.

The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the indictment on Thursday charging the 13 defendants with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute controlled substances.

According to the indictment, from 2008 to 2013 the defendants obtained prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone and medical marijuana cards from a doctor in Modesto.

Federal prosecutors say the defendants filled the prescriptions and shipped the drugs to other states, receiving payments that were funneled back to California. The marijuana cards were posted at California grow sites.

Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U. S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California, says the doctor has not been named or charged. The defendants' lawyers are not listed.


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