Updated Wed, May 21, 2014 5:23 pm
The owner of a medical clinic who a prosecutor said unleashed an illegal "pill tsunami" on southern Ohio has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Tracy Bias was sentenced Wednesday in Cincinnati after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Prosecutors said the clinic provided illegal prescriptions of oxycodone and other drugs to customers.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence for Bias of more than 19 years in prison. His attorney argued for no more than 10 years. A judge already ordered Bias to forfeit $6.3 million.
Prosecutors say dozens of customers a week would travel hundreds of miles to visit clinics owned by Bias in southern and central Ohio, paying $200 per visit for painkillers.
They say the pill mills contributed to the deaths of two people.
Bias owned and operated Southern Ohio Complete Pain Management and Portsmouth Medical Solutions in Portsmouth, and Trinity Medical Care in Columbus, Ohio.