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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 11/9/2015, 4:26 a.m.
Special to The Dallas Examiner
(AP) – According to Federal prosecutors, seven people have been convicted of operating a North Texas “pill mill” that conspired to illegally distribute prescription drugs.
A federal jury found Dr. Theodore Okechuku of Plano and three others guilty of charges that include conspiracy to unlawfully distribute a controlled substance, prosecutors said in a statement last month. Three others pleaded guilty prior to trial.
Authorities say Okechuku operated a Dallas medical clinic that functioned as a place to unlawfully obtain prescriptions.
Drug dealers who were part of the conspiracy recruited people from homeless shelters and elsewhere to visit the clinic. Okechuku was paid for visits and then those receiving prescriptions were taken to pharmacies to obtain their orders. The dealers then sold the drugs on the street.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will be the keynote speaker during the 40th anniversary gala of The Black Police Association. Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and has been named as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans.
The gala will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and begin with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. A silent auction will also be held to benefit the Officer Down Foundation. The attire is formal. For more information and tickets, call 214-421-7644 or visit http://www.bpa40gala.eventbrite.com.
A free Legal Assistance Clinic for Vickery Meadow residents will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. Vickery Meadow Learning Center, located at 6329 Ridgecrest Road. Volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance for residents to assist with matters concerning benefits, consumer, employment, family, housing, landlord-tenant, probate, real estate property, taxes and wills.
This event is not intended to help with the following legal issues: immigration, criminal cases, tickets or fee-generating cases, such as medical malpractice and personal injury matters.
The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program provides advice, brief legal services and full representation. Residents who need assistance before or after the meeting can attend one of the other legal assistance offered each month. For a full listing of the clinics, visit http://www.dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org/get-help. For more information, call 214-220-7444.