The Dallas Morning News
Woman, 30, gets 2 years for opioid prescription scheme
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.