Alleged Ohio 'pill mill' owner pleads not guilty

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The owner of a medical clinic in southern
Ohio that authorities allege was a notorious drug house has pleaded
not guilty to charges of illegally dispensing thousands of
prescription pain pills.

George Marshall Adkins is being held on $1 million bond after
surrendering to Scioto County officials Wednesday.

The 69-year-old Adkins faces charges of drug trafficking and
corrupt activity and an allegation he carried a gun while
committing the crimes.

Greater Medical Advance's doctor and two employees have also
been charged.

Defense attorney Michael Mearan said Wednesday that Adkins took steps to make sure proper procedures were followed at the clinic.

Authorities say the Wheelersburg clinic was a well-known
destination for addicts and that its only purpose was to make as
much money off drug trafficking as possible.


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