Crimetracker: Plea agreement will send man, 81, to prison

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- An 81-year-old man has pleaded guilty in a painkiller distribution case in East Tennessee.

According to the Citizen Tribune, Ralph Edward Teague entered an agreement to plead guilty to conspiracy to selling oxycodone and to maintaining a drug house in Newport.

The agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville indicates Teague admitted putting 1,074,850 milligrams of the painkiller on the street by sponsoring other people's trips to out-of-state pain clinics for a portion of the prescriptions they came back with, which he sold.

Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Suzanne Kerney-Quillen noted the total of the drugs Teague distributed was equivalent to 35,828 30-milligram pills.

The agreement calls for Teague's two 10-year federal prison terms to run concurrently.


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