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Man pleads guilty to conspiring to sell prescriptions

One of six men accused of conspiring with a former surgeon to obtain prescriptions for a fee that they'd later sell to others, also for cash, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance outside the scope of a medical practice.

U.S. District Court records show George Cowart, 27, pleaded guilty today to one of 13 counts initially lodged against him.

Dr. Je Song, a former surgeon in Stone County, was indicted on 35 counts in the case. He allegedly wrote prescriptions to Cowart and the other co-conspirators for fee.

The prescriptions were written for such painkillers as Oxycontin, hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Thursday's edition.