Mistrial Declared in Doctor’s Pain Pill Case

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a West Virginia doctor charged with illegally distributing prescription opioid medications.

Muhammed Samer Nasher- Alneam is accused of writing prescriptions to patients who were suffering from opioid addiction. He was facing 14 counts of illegal drug distribution, two charges of distribution causing death, two charges of maintaining a drug-controlled premises and one count of international money laundering. He had denied wrongdoing.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports jurors deliberated for four days before reporting that they had been unable to reach a verdict in the case.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart tweeted on Tuesday that federal prosecutors intend to have a new trial.

Nasher-Alneam operated the Neurology & Pain Center PLLC and his personal medical practice in Charleston.