7 charged in latest South Fla. pill mill bust

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Seven people including a South Florida physician are facing federal charges in the latest bust of an alleged pill mill that authorities say illegally dispensed the powerful painkiller oxycodone and other drugs.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local police on Wednesday raided the offices of Intracoastal Medical Groups in Fort Lauderdale. Among those charged in the 20-count indictment are the business owner, 43-year-old Jason Boyd of Davie, and Dr. Vijay Chowdary of Boca Raton.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute controlled substances, money laundering and other offenses. Boyd's lawyer didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Court records didn't list an attorney Wednesday for Chowdary.

Investigators have arrested dozens of people in South Florida over the past several years in similar pill mill cases.

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