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For the first time, U.S. files criminal charges against an opioid distributor
Washington Post

Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against a major drug distributor and two of its former executives Tuesday, a new tactic that for the first time exposes wholesalers of legal painkillers to potential prison sentences for their roles in the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, and the executives were charged with three crimes, including conspiracy to distribute controlled narcotics for nonmedical reasons. The two men could face 10 years to life in prison on that charge.