Christopher Grant Watson, 44, who’d been a pharmacist at Perry County Food and Drug Store in Perryville, got the maximum 10-year prison sentence in federal court today for a scheme to peddle opioids out of his Perryville drug store.

He also was ordered to pay $850,000 for his unlawful profits, including $54,000 restitution to Medicare and Medicaid.

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Watson was snared in a broad national effort to combat illicit sales of prescription drugs. He sold thousands of pills, the Justice Department news release said. He pleaded guilty after he was indicted in 2015 with 27 others. His father, Tommy Watson, 68, an owner of the food store, was charged with misprision of a felony, pleaded guilty and received a two-year suspended sentence and a $50,000 fine.

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