Bernard M. Tougas, Ronald V. Myers, John C. Friedl and George B. Howell are all being sought in connection with charges ranging from racketeering to murder.
Myers and Friedl are both charged with racketeering and two counts of unlawful distribution of narcotics. If convicted they could each face a sentence of life in prison.
Tougas, owner of the clinic, is charged with maintaining a building where illegal drugs are sold. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison.
Howell is charged with racketeering and first-degree murder, or in the alternative, murder in the second degree. The murder charge stems from the overdose death of a patient who was prescribed Schedule 2 Narcotics by Howell. If convicted, Howell could face life without parole or life in prison.
According to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart, all four individuals are currently out of state.
"We are in contact with the authorities in the state and county where each suspect is living. One of the doctors is expected to turn himself in later today," stated Lockhart. "This investigation revolves around pain clinics operating in our area and I do anticipate that more arrests will be made."
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