Alabama doctor pleads guilty to drug distribution

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An Alabama doctor has pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges linked to her prescribing opioid drugs from a clinic she operated in a community in northwest Madison County.

Last April, Dr. Celia Lloyd-Tirney was among 60 medical professionals charged in a federal pill mill investigation in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

While a federal jury in Huntsville was deliberating on whether to convict her of 15 criminal charges on Friday, Lloyd-Turney pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

Federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining 14 charges in exchange for Lloyd-Turney’s plea. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of five years on probation and two years of house arrest, court records state.

Lloyd-Turney, 66, also agreed to surrender her medical license.

U.S. District Judge Liles C. Burke set sentencing for June 8. The doctor faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million, court records show.

Lloyd-Turney was accused of over-prescribing opioid pills at Choice Medicine, a clinic in the Toney community in northwest Madison County.

— the associated press

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