Man sentenced in Ohio pill mill case

Tracy Bias (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The alleged owner of a southern Ohio pill mill has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by a judge who called him a “parasite” who fed the prescription drug addictions of hundreds of people for profit.

Judge Michael Barrett sentenced Tracy Bias of West Portsmouth in federal court in Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Bias’ attorneys argued he shouldn’t get more than 10 years because he testified against a co-defendant. Prosecutors argued he wasn’t fully cooperative and deserved more than 19 years for running what they called a “pill tsunami” in southern Ohio.

Prosecutors say dozens of customers a week traveled hundreds of miles to visit Bias’ clinics in southern and central Ohio, paying $200 per visit for painkillers.

They say the pill mills contributed to the deaths of two people.

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