A Michigan doctor pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to distribute large amounts of pain pills in Eastern Kentucky.
Anthony Jungho Choe agreed to serve five years in prison, pay a fine to be determined later, give up his medical license and never practice again, according to his plea agreement.
Choe admitted that from late 2009 or early 2010 through August 2012, he prescribed large amounts of pain pills to people who were re-selling them to drug traffickers in Eastern Kentucky.
One Pike County drug dealer who got pills from a patient of Choe's said he distributed more than 63,000 30-milligram oxycodone pills from May 2010 through October 2011.
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Choe admitted he prescribed pills without a legitimate medical reason; that he didn't really examine the drug runners before writing prescriptions; and that it was "reasonably foreseeable" the pills they were getting were being abused or sold, according to his plea agreement.
Choe is to be sentenced in January.