CASPER, Wyo. — The first of 10 co-defendants in a prescription drug conspiracy allegedly run by a Wyoming doctor has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute OxyContin.
Dustin Big Medicine pleaded guilty Friday in an agreement that calls for a suspended prison sentence.
Big Medicine was charged with buying written prescriptions from Dr. Shakeel Kahn in Casper, filling the orders and selling the drugs on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Other defendants are scheduled to plead guilty next week.
Kahn and his wife, Lyn, who were arrested last year, have pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges.
Investigators say former patients reported that for $500 a month, Kahn would write prescriptions for whatever a person wanted as long as they signed a contract stating they were not working with law enforcement and would not call the doctor a drug dealer.