On March 10, Pennsylvania authorities announced the indictment of two doctors who allegedly ran a “massive” illicit prescription pill ring in Montgomery County. The charges are the culmination of a two-year investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies.

According to information released by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the doctors, who practiced at the Carriage House Medical Group in Flourtown, wrote over 1,000 illegal oxycodone prescriptions between January 2015 and September 2017. During that time, they allegedly never or rarely saw the patients they wrote the prescriptions for. In total, they are accused of illegally prescribing around 85,000 opioid tablets to patients in Landsdale, Skippack and Northwest Philadelphia.

The defendants have been taken into custody and charged with a variety of crimes, including operating a corrupt organization, committing criminal conspiracy, committing Medicaid fraud and violating the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. Others have also been charged in connection with the case. Preliminary hearings are scheduled to take place at a later date.

Defendants convicted of drug crimes could be sentenced to years in prison and assessed thousands of dollars in fines. Depending on their line of work, they could also lose any professional licenses they hold. However, with the help of a criminal defense attorney, it might be possible for defendants to successfully fight the allegations and protect their future. After investigating the case, the attorney might find evidence that undermines the prosecution’s case, which could cause the charges to be dismissed or lead to an acquittal at trial. If the case against the defendant is strong, the attorney might suggest negotiating a plea deal that reduces the charges, which might lead to a lighter sentence.