HOUSTON — A federal judge declared a Texas pharmacy owner guilty of laundering money from his pharmacies and unlawfully supplying 1.5 million doses of controlled substances.

What You Need To Know

  • Texas pharmacist Clint Carr was convicted for money laundering and illegally dispensing controlled substances

  • Out of the 1.5 million doses of controlled substances, 1.1 million were oxycodone and hydrocodone pills

  • The pharmacist's Houston location was used as the center for their illegal activity
  • Carr and his co-conspirators brought in $5.5 million with their illicit operation

According to court documents, 32-year-old Clint Carr co-owned and operated one pharmacy in Houston and two others in Austin, alongside co-conspirator Dustin Curry and four others. During an investigation, officials found the Houston pharmacy to be at the center of Carr’s illicit activity. This illegal operation went on for 18 months.

“Carr’s conviction is a reminder that the Department of Justice will hold accountable those who have helped fuel the country’s opioid epidemic,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This includes pharmacy owners who have effectively poisoned our communities.”

Trial evidence revealed that out of 1.5 million, over 1.1 million of those dispensed drugs were oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. Carr accepted cash for these transactions, accumulating $5.5 million in illegal sales. Although required, he and his co-conspirators did not report the massive flow of income. Court records showed the luxury lifestyle they were able to afford during the illegal distribution, pointing out Carr’s $100K down payment on a Ford pickup truck.

“This case is another example of the DEA’s continued commitment to combat our nation’s opioid crisis to reduce the diversion of controlled substances that drives drug overdose deaths and violent crime in our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Houston Division. “This conviction is a credit to the tireless work of our investigators and prosecutors to make our communities safer.” 

All co-conspirators, including Curry, have pleaded guilty to unlawfully distributing controlled substances. Carr was dealt “one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances, four counts of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity,” according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

DEA Houston, including the DEA Austin Resident Office, handled the investigation of this case.