Four more suspects, including the owners of a Dallas clinic, have been charged with federal drug distribution conspiracy charges for allegedly using homeless people recruited from shelters to pose as patients and fraudulently obtain pain killers.
The four made initial federal court appearances Wednesday in an ongoing federal investigation of a North Texas "pill mill" used to illegally distribute prescription drugs. The four are accused of handing out tens of thousands of oxycodone pills despite having no legitimate medical reason to do so.
A spokeswoman for the McAllen Medical Clinic in Dallas declined to comment on the charges against its owners.
Drug dealers who were part of the conspiracy recruited people from homeless shelters and elsewhere to visit the clinic. The dealers then sold the drugs on the street.