Mastermind convicted in oxycodone distribution ring

A jury unanimously handed down a guilty verdict for the mastermind of an oxycodone distribution ring that illegally sold more than 5 million pain pills with the help of various physicians, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Kevin Lowe was found guilty of operating various sham medical clinics for the purpose of trafficking oxycodone pills worth more than $165 million on the black market. Physicians who worked for Lowe accepted cash for doctor visits that lasted only a couple minutes and wrote nearly 35,000 unnecessary prescriptions for the pain pills. Hundreds of "patients" often gathered outside the various clinics hoping to get more prescriptions. Lowe's verdict marks the 25th and final conviction tied to the raid. Statement