Doctor in alleged pill mill pleads not guilty
A Chattanooga doctor accused of running an alleged pill mill pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Sherard and two other people, Faith Blake and Barbara Lang, were arraigned Tuesday. The 91 count indictment accuses them of multiple controlled substance crimes and falsification.
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Sherard pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The drugs included oxycodone, Vicoden and Xanax. Sources tell Channel 3 the alleged pill mill raked in about $20,000 a day.
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Lang and Blake are said to have operated the Superior One Medical Clinic in several locations in Chattanooga , mostly along Highway 58. Lang is also said to have operated the Primary Care and Pain Clinic with Larmore since last year.
According to the Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force, the Volunteer state has consistently ranked among the top in prescription drug abuse. The crackdown on pill mills is a part of a state wide effort to lower that statistic.
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If convicted the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison and up to $1 million fine for each conspiracy charge.
New court dates have not been set.