Oxycodone trafficking conspiracy linked to eastern Kentucky

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LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Department of Justice released information about an oxycotone drug ring.

The release says a lot of the drugs were being sold to people in eastern Kentucky.

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Pete Anthony Tyndale was sentenced to 29 years of for conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, and for money laundering.

Tyndale was the co-owner of the Tennessee Pain Institute (TPI), a pain clinic that operated from 2011 to 2016 near Chattanooga.

Approximately half of TPI’s pill customers were traveling from eastern Kentucky.

Another co-defendant, Larry Karr of Keavy, Kentucky, pled guilty to the oxycodone conspiracy charge in May of 2018 and was later sentenced to 108 months in prison.

Under federal law, Tyndale and his co-defendants each must serve 85 percent of their prison sentence.

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