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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  • by jean Location: lexington on Nov 18, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    fl. is not the only hot spot, virgina and west virgina as well. they need to just keep watching who crosses the state lines.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Nov 18, 2008 at 03:00 AM
    Yeah,well. This is PROBABLY the very same 'doctor' my dead sister in law was going to Florida to see when she went down there a couple of years ago and ended up overdosing on,yeah,you guessed it, Oxycontin;dying and leaving a baby for my mother in law to raise. What a sick bast@#%! She was no better! The baby is better off without her so-called mother,anyways. Oh well, I hope all involved get what's comming to them!
  • by caco Location: Thousandsticks on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:49 PM
    My friend goes there because all the docs in KY are scared to death to give the medicine. People in great pain need there meds. The druggies ruined it. Some people posting here don't know what its like to get hit by a coal truck head on, and survive it. You need meds to make it thru the day, one more day to love and be with your children. Yes I'm glad this drug ring got busted, but don't dog the people for going somehwere else to get medicine. They have to, the State of Kentucky causes this problem.
  • by M Location: paris on Nov 17, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    I know of a few people from Paris that drive to Orlando and get pills. Why is Florida the spot to go?
  • by Jean Location: Lexington on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:14 AM
    we all know thats not all of them, but its good that someone is at least taking notice that this is going on, I find it a sad thing when people go out of state for meds, all because they were{red-flaged} here,the pills have gotten out of control. I'm sure more people will be found in making monthly trips to Fl. for pain pills, it's a matter of time. It is bad when people who really need help here with pain,others who do stuff like this make it all that much harder to get help, but like I said it's just a matter of time.
  • by Joe Location: Winchester on Nov 16, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    The problem is so wide spread. I am assuming he is not the only doctor who was providing those pills. I know people from Clark, Bath and Montgomery Counties who all go to Florida once a month to get a boat load of pills to bring back and sell. I hope they catch them all!!!
  • by judy Location: ky on Nov 16, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    They ought to take that DR,S licences away.& deal with the others also
  • by k Location: floyd on Nov 16, 2008 at 05:09 PM
    I hate to say it but that is just a drop in the bucket. I hope it keeps going this way. It will be tuff to get them all.
  • by Sherry Location: Mt. Sterling on Nov 16, 2008 at 01:48 PM
    Great Job!! Now let's get the rest. You shouldn't be allowed to go out of state to get prescriptions like that or any at that. I guess money talks.
  • by Roger Location: Georgetown on Nov 16, 2008 at 01:14 PM
    The druggies have admitted their guilt in distributing drugs all over the country and it's no telling how many of those pills were taken by kids. Therefore it's time to see what our precious little judicial system will do. My guess is a slap on the wrist and probation.
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