Peoria man gets prison in prescription drug case

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Peoria man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in connection with a prescription drug ring.

State prosecutors said Wednesday that 25-year-old Tyler Jensen Deane also will be on probation for five years after his prison term.

Deane was among 14 people indicted last September on felony counts including fraudulent schemes, money laundering, forgery and drug-related charges.

An investigation by the state Attorney General's office and Peoria police showed that a co-defendant allegedly stole stolen blank prescription pads from the health-care provider she worked for and sold them to Deane.

Authorities say Deane recruited 12 others to participate in filling oxycodone prescriptions which he then sold. The group allegedly acquired about 5,000 pills with a street value of up to $160,000.