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Jury to resume deliberations in pain pill case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Federal jurors return Tuesday to resume deliberations in Lexington in the case of a Louisiana businessman accused of conspiring to distribute prescription drugs in eastern Kentucky through multiple pain clinics.

A federal prosecutor said in closing arguments Monday that 46-year-old Michael D. Leman of Slidell, La., made $1.26 million over 26 months by heading a "flat criminal conspiracy" to funnel prescription drugs into eastern Kentucky through pain clinics in other states.

Leman and the Urgent Care Services clinics in Cincinnati and Philadelphia are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Defense attorneys for Leman and the clinics spent Monday attacking prosecution witnesses as unreliable and as making statements they believe will get them shorter prison terms.

Jurors deliberated about two hours Monday.


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