Dopesick! On Hillbilly Heroin; Texas pharmacy owner convicted of illegally distributing over 1M oxycodone, hydrocodone pills…

FILE – This June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. 

A co-owner of several Texas pharmacies, including two in the Austin area, was convicted Monday by a federal jury of illegally distributing more than 1.5 million doses of controlled substances, including over 1.1 million oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Clint Carr, 32, of Cypress, Texas, was indicted in June 2018. Carr and another defendant, Dustin Curry, co-owned CC Pharmacy locations in Houston, Austin and Round Rock. Federal prosecutors say Carr and a co-conspirator illegally sold the powerful prescription painkillers in bulk for cash “based on mostly forged or stolen prescriptions brought in by drug couriers posing as staff of long-term care facilities,” according to the DOJ.

“CC Pharmacy brought in over $5.5 million from the unlawful sale of these controlled substances,” DOJ said in a statement. “Evidence at trial showed that Carr used these drug proceeds to finance a lavish lifestyle, including the down payment on a $100,000 Ford pickup truck.”

The jury found Carr guilty on all eight counts. He was convicted on four counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances, two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity, one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and a count of conspiracy to launder money, according to the DOJ.

Carr has been released from custody on a $250,000 bond, pending sentencing that is set for May 27, according to court records. Carr faces up to 140 years in federal prison.

There were more than 191 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. in 2017.

Written By: David Barer for KXAN Austin, Texas

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