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Front Royal woman receives 7 years for opiate operation

An ABC News affiliate reports that the Front Royal woman who ran an opiate network with coconspirators will serve seven years in prison.

Candie Calix of Front Royal also known as Summer Angel, Candie Kendall and Nicole Thomas worked alongside her codefendants Kendall Sovereign and Jessica Talbott in the scheme.

The group worked with an unnamed doctor and pharmacist in a scheme that saw tens of thousands of illicit oxycodone pills run through Northern Virginia over a decade.

Calix as a part of her plea agreement confirmed that she worked as an office assistant for an unidentified doctor.

Calix would refer patients to the doctor for prescriptions of medications that would then be kicked back to her to sell.

The patients included members of Calix’s family who all lived in a single property near Front Royal in what some describe as poverty.

According to inmate informants working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Calix  would sell the pills for about $25 each.

The investigation revealed that Calix could net approximately $5,000 a month or more.

While Calix will serve 7 years in prison Sovereign will serve 4 to 5 years and Talbott will serve 3 to 5 years.

It is unclear what consequences the pharmacist and doctor will receive if any.

The doctor and pharmacist’s names were obscured by prosecutors but they did make the scheme possible.

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