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Two Opelika 'pill mill' operators plead guilty to drug distribution and money laundering

(Source: U.S. Attorney's Office - Middle District of Georgia) (Source: U.S. Attorney's Office - Middle District of Georgia)

(WTVM) – Two Florida men pleaded guilty on Thursday, March 3 in federal court to charges stemming from their operation of a “pill mill” in Opelika, AL.

In 2012 Erik Torres, 33, formed EMED Medical Management Corporation – the Opelika pill mill. Torres was the owner and chief executive of the pill mill and hired 29-year-old Marc Adam to serve as the day to day office manager. A “pill mill” is a medical clinic created to sell pills unlawfully, illegally, and for no medical reason. 

Torres and Adam then hired Dr. Francisco Huidor-Figueroa to serve as the pill mill’s doctor. At Torres’s direction, Dr. Huidor-Figueroa prescribed controlled substances, like oxycodone, to patients who had no legitimate need for the medicine and intended to either abuse the drug or sell the pills to others who would abuse them.  Torres and Adam then laundered the money generated by the unlawful prescriptions. 

In December of 2015, Dr. Huidor-Figueroa pleaded guilty to drug distribution and money laundering charges and currently is awaiting sentencing.

Torres pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully drug deals and conspiring to launder the proceeds. Adam pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money.

A sentence hearing for Torres and Adam has not been scheduled. However when sentenced, Torres faces up to 20 years of imprisonment on each count. Additionally, on the drug distribution conspiracy count, Torres faces a maximum fine of $1 million. On the money laundering conspiracy count, the maximum fine Torres could be made to pay is $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater. 

Adam also faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater. 

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