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Arrest warrant issued for Pinehurst doctor convicted of drug conspiracy

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Dr. Rafael Beier (PHOTO: Facebook) Dr. Rafael Beier (PHOTO: Facebook)
PINEHURST, Idaho -

A Pinehurst doctor was found guilty Tuesday on charges of conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone, but he never showed up for his verdict hearing and now a federal arrest warrant has been issued. 

62-year-old Dr. Rafael Beier faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years and a fine of $1,000,000. A jury convicted Beier on 65 counts of distribution after two days of deliberations. Evidence showed Beier met people in bars, parking lots, stores, and in his office, and sold prescription drugs for cash. 

During the trial, the jury saw the prescriptions written by Dr. Beier, a video of Dr. Beier discussing his drug sales with a witness, and an audio recording of a government informant buying a prescription from Dr. Beier in a bathroom stall. Witnesses included co-conspirators who sold pills for Beier, people whose names were used on prescriptions, but were not patients, and a number of people who bought prescriptions from Dr. Beier. Several witnesses testified about the substantial negative effect that opioid addiction had on their lives.

Beier did not show up to receive the jury's verdict and the search for him is now on. If you see him, you are urged to call 911 immediately. 

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