EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPILL MILL PLEA
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Former Pill Mill Owner Pleads Guilty
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 7, 2012 4:55 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 7, 2012 5:54 PM EDT
Portsmouth , Scioto County , Ohio
A former pill mill owner has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges.
George Marshall Adkins of Portsmouth pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to five felony charges including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity, permitting drug abuse, aggravated trafficking in drugs and forgery, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Adkins formerly owned Greater Medical Advance Inc. in Wheelersburg, Ohio. Authorities discovered that he operated the business as a pill mill from June 2009 until December 2011, when officers with several jurisdictions raided and closed the establishment.
"Prescription drug abuse has hurt so many Ohio families, especially in southern Ohio," DeWine said. "Before we started aggressively fighting this problem, Scioto County had more than a dozen pill mills, but through excellent teamwork between many different agencies we have successfully shut them all down."
Adkins' guilty plea comes as part of a plea agreement in which prosecutors will recommend that the 69-year-old receive 10 years in prison. Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William Marshall will sentence Adkins in October.
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