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Midland Doctor Awaits Sentencing After Pleading Guilty to Drug Charges

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A midland doctor has plead guilty in a drug case.

Dr. Barrett Doyle Whitefeild of Odessa plead guilty to the charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distributing controlled substances.

Investigators say Whitefield wrote fake prescriptions for hydrocodone numerous times without even seeing the patents for which the prescriptions were written.

In addition, prosecutors say that he wrote the prescriptions while knowing that several co-defendants were selling the hydrocodone in the Midland and Odessa areas. These same co-defendants had the doctor deliver methamphetamine to a person in Lamesa.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but Whitefield faces at least 10 years in prison.

Whitefield is among five people who plead guilty this week in the case, though the other four were charged with conspiracy. All await sentencing.

Three other suspects are still awaiting trial.

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