5 in US, 2 in Italy charged with running opioid pill “mills”

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two people in Italy and five U.S. residents have been charged in a fraud and drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute opioids in Florida and Tennessee, leading to hundreds of deaths.

The indictments were unsealed by federal officials Friday in Knoxville but handed down earlier this month. They allege the defendants were involved in a widespread scheme to operate “pill mills” in the U.S.

Prosecutors say the defendants ran the Urgent Care...

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