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Monday, January 09, 2006

LAS VEGAS DOCTOR INDICTED: For a Drug Conspiracy in Buchanan County Virginia

This from United States Attorney John L. Brownlee:

LAS VEGAS DOCTOR INDICTED IN DRUG CONSPIRACY
WHICH BROUGHT NARCOTICS TO BUCHANAN COUNTY, VIRGINIA

United States Attorney John L. Brownlee announced today that Dr. Doyle Stuart Steele, age 50, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Billie Eugene Stiltner, a/k/a “Billie Jack”, age 70, of Buchanan County, Virginia, were indicted by a federal Grand Jury sitting in Abingdon, Virginia.

The defendants were charged in a three count indictment with Drug Conspiracy, Firearm Offenses and Perjury. It is charged that Stiltner transported several persons from Buchanan County to Steele’s gynecology medical office in Las Vegas to obtain prescriptions for Oxycodone, Percoset and Hydrocodone, all narcotic controlled substances. Stiltner and his associates would then transport the drugs back to Buchanan County and sell them. Steele would receive cash payments for his role in the conspiracy. Steele is also charged with dispensing drugs for sexual relationships and in order to receive a portion of the prescribed drugs for his own use.

If convicted on all counts, the maximum penalty faced by Steele is 25 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $1.25 million. Stiltner could face a Life sentence and/or $1.25 million fine.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Special Agent Aaron Yoh for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Criminal Chief Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., and Tazewell County Commonwealth Attorney Dennis H. Lee will prosecute the case.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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