Northern Idaho physician Rafael W. Beier was finally tracked down yesterday. FBI agents say he was hiding in a motorhome on his property in the city of Kingston, where he was handcuffed and taken back into custody.
Federal agents had been searching for the criminal doctor for about a week.
Beier, age 62, was found guilty of 66 federal drug charges last week. During the trial, the prosecution was able to prove that Beier illegally sold narcotic prescriptions of oxycodone and hydrocodone, to people who were not patients and had no medical need for the painkillers.
During the trial, the jury saw the prescriptions written by the drug-dealing MD; a video of him discussing drug sales with a witness; and they listened to an audio recording of an undercover informant buying a prescription from the lab coat loon in a bathroom. Witnesses testified they routinely sold drugs for Beier. They testified that Beier knew full well they were not patients – but drug dealers.
Beier had failed to appear at U.S. District Court in Idaho last week, prompting the FBI to declare him a fugitive. He was arrested by the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force, with the assistance of Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Department.
He surrendered to law enforcement after being confronted by a police dog. He could get 20 years in federal prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
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