Fla. Doctor, 10 Kentuckians Plead Guilty In Drug Ring

LEXINGTON, KY -- A Florida doctor and 10 Kentuckians who were charged in an interstate prescription-pill ring have pleaded guilty, according to U.S. Attorney James Zerhusen, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Roger Browne, 52, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., admitted people from northeastern Kentucky traveled to his South Florida pain-management clinic to get pills. Browne acknowledged he knew there was a high likelihood the people would illegally sell the pills back home, the newspaper reports.

Morehead resident Drew Evans Lane Jr., 32, admitted providing money to several other people to go to Browne's office and get pills containing oxycodone. That is the ingredient in OxyContin, a much-abused painkiller in Eastern Kentucky and elsewhere. Lane also pleaded guilty to selling pills, reports the newspaper.

The others who pleaded guilty in the scheme were Rhonda Burchett; Seth Clay; James Clay; Janie Simmons; Herbert Euglindon; Pear Sue Drake; Charles Winthrow; Jason Todd Marshall; and Nick Sorrell.

All but Sorrell admitted they got pills from Browne and turned over at least some of them to others to sell, Zerhusen said in a news release, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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