Trial begins for Wyoming doctor accused of drug conspiracy

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An attorney for a Wyoming doctor accused in a prescription drug conspiracy says his client was misled by patients.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the federal trial started Monday in Casper for Shakeel Kahn, who is charged with 21 felonies.

Attorney Michael Thompson told jurors that the doctor did not commit any crimes, but he should have been more reserved in writing prescriptions.

Prosecutor Stephanie Hambrick said Kahn prescribed nearly 900,000 Oxycodone pills and hundreds of thousands of Xanax pills during the conspiracy that started in Arizona.

She says Kahn wrote prescriptions in exchange for guns and cash. She says he falsified medical records to cover up the drug dealing.

The doctor's wife, Lyn Kahn, pleaded guilty last week to a drug distribution conspiracy charge connected to the case.