The Dallas Morning News

Woman, 30, gets 2 years for opioid prescripti­on scheme

- Eline de Bruijn

A Dallas woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for her role in an opioid prescripti­on drug scheme in North Texas.

Candis O’Shaea Lewis, 30, pleaded guilty for her role in the illegal operation from 2013 to 2015, U.S. Attorney John R. Parker said Monday. Lewis pleaded guilty last year to one count of unlawful use of a communicat­ion device.

In March 2015, a federal grand jury in Dallas indicted Lewis and 23 other people accused of being part of a conspiracy to obtain prescripti­ons for pain medication­s, such as oxycodone and hydrocodon­e, and distribute the drugs for a profit, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Seven others were later indicted.

In 2014, Lewis was paid to drive a person carrying 30 milligrams of oxycodone from Dallas to DFW Internatio­nal Airport, knowing the pills would be redistribu­ted in Louisiana, prosecutor­s said.

The defendants in the scheme, who often were homeless or underprivi­leged, were recruited and paid to pose as patients at medical clinics to obtain prescripti­ons, including at the McAllen Medical Clinic in Dallas, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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