DALLAS (AP) – More than 20 people have been arrested in a Texas and Louisiana prescription drug ring allegedly using the homeless to pose as patients.READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
Federal prosecutors in North Texas on Wednesday announced the 23 suspects are from Houston, Austin and Dallas, plus Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
An indictment unsealed Tuesday in Dallas says the scheme began in 2013 and often involved homeless or poor people being paid fees to pose as patients. The ringleaders then obtained the prescriptions and sold the drugs.READ MORE: Plane Down Near Houston Executive Airport, No One Killed
Prosecutors say 21 suspects have been arrested. Each was charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
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