A reported $18 million 'pill mill' scheme in north Texas has been busted up and 49 people have been arrested.
According to the criminal complaint, two north Texas doctors allegedly wrote prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of doses of drugs like hydrocodone and oxycodone, knowing they would be sold on the streets.
The report says they would then use a network of recruiters to enlist "patients" from the community and local homeless shelters. Recruiters paid each "patient" between $50 to $200 cash, to obtain prescriptions from the two doctors.
The recruiters then filled the prescriptions at various pharmacies who were in on the scheme and diverted the drugs for resale on the streets.
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years in federal prison.