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3 people accused of running Alabama pill mill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Three people accused of running an Alabama pill mill have been indicted. reports 85-year-old Dr. John Ladd Buckingham, 53-year-old Cindy Louise Hyche Dunn and 56-year-old Thomas Mason Dunn were indicted Wednesday. Cindy and Thomas are married.

Prosecutors say the defendants ran the Moody clinic for years. The indictment says Cindy, Buckingham and other co-conspirators prescribed more than 13,500 methadone-based pills to one patient and more than 8,200 oxycodone-based pills to another patient.

It charges Cindy and Buckingham with maintaining a drug-involved premises and includes 16 counts that charges them with unlawfully dispensing a controlled substance, all with opioids. It charges the trio with participating in a money-laundering conspiracy by opening bank accounts and conducting transactions with illegally obtained funds.

It’s unclear if the accused have lawyers.

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