A doctor and pharmacist in Ohio took part in a conspiracy to smuggle hundreds of thousands of pain pills into Kentucky to be sold illegally, a federal grand jury has charged.
Lloyd S. Naramore, a doctor of osteopathy, and pharmacist Thomas F. Stark took part in a conspiracy with Floyd County resident Timothy Wayne Hall and others that dealt in OxyContin, methadone and cocaine, and also committed illegal financial transactions, according to an indictment made public Thursday.
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Hall, 45, had been charged earlier in the case with operating a major drug ring in Eastern Kentucky.
In addition to buying and smuggling pain pills from Michigan, Hall allegedly had scores of people visit doctors in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio to get prescriptions for painkillers, fill the orders and bring back the pills to Kentucky for Hall and others to sell.
One man who pleaded guilty said participants in the drug ring brought 200,000 pain pills back to Kentucky over several years.
One doctor from Philadelphia was charged in the case earlier. The new indictment added Naramore and Stark as defendants.
Police have said people bringing pills into Kentucky from elsewhere is one of the most serious drug problems in the state.
That is happening, in large part, because of Kentucky's system for tracking prescriptions. That scrutiny and enforcement by police and prosecutors have driven drug dealers and addicts out of the state to seek pills.
Police have seen numerous cases in recent years of Kentucky residents going to other states to get pills from doctors and drug dealers. When authorities raided one doctor's office in South Florida, they found nearly 500 files on patients from Eastern Kentucky, according to documents in that case.
The new indictment in Hall's case said Naramore got $100,000 for prescribing pills as part of the conspiracy. It says Stark, the pharmacist, also got $100,000.
The indictment did not say where the two are from, but licensure boards list a doctor and pharmacist by those names in Ohio.
The Web site of the medical board in Ohio said Naramore's license was suspended earlier this month for failure to pay child support. In June, Naramore had agreed to certain treatment and monitoring after being diagnosed as bipolar and suffering post traumatic stress disorder, according to the Web site.
The doctor charged earlier in the Eastern Kentucky case, Randy Weiss of Philadelphia, received $50,000 as part of the conspiracy, the indictment said.
The charges against the two doctors and the pharmacist carry a maximum sentence of 20 years.