The process, as described in a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Dallas, was simple. Recruiters would pay homeless people -- including residents of The Bridge shelter in downtown Dallas -- a fee, often $30, to visit a doctor's office. The indigent recruits were given instructions on how to get a prescription for painkillers and money, usually between $125 and $500 to pay for the visit. When it was over, the prescription was given to the recruiter, feds say.
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The recruiters were given $15 for each prescription mule they recruited by the ring's leaders, who proceeded to fill the prescriptions and distribute the drugs, often in Louisiana. Some recruits were paid extra to pick up their prescriptions themselves, before giving the pills to the ring leaders. Thirty milligram oxycodone pills were then sold by the ring for $22 each, while hydrocodones went for $5, according to a statement by a Houston-based member of the distribution ring obtained by federal investigators.More »