SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho – A judge sentenced a North Idaho doctor to 16 years in prison this week, after he was found guilty of more than 60 counts of illegally dispensing opiates.
Rafael Beier was the co-owner of Silver Valley Medicine in Pinehurst. Between 2012 and 2014, investigators said Beier illegally sold prescriptions for drugs, including the painkiller Oxycodone and Adderall. Sometimes, he would sell the prescriptions in his office and at other times he would meet customers at bars and parking lots, according to court documents. Those documents show he would receive cash for those. Sometimes, officials said he exchanged prescriptions for favors, such as forgiving his girlfriend's debts to strippers.
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According to court documents, Beier was arrested in 2013 after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend's home and threatening her with a gun. Charges were ultimately dropped in that case though.
Beier, in addition to the 16 year prison sentence, was also ordered to pay $69,300 in fines.