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Perales accomplice sentenced for selling opioids

An accomplice of a one-time Peru doctor in an opioid peddling scheme was sentenced to prison Wednesday in Chicago federal court.

Andrew Strandell, 36, conspired with Dr. Constantino Perales to sell prescription opioids on the street. Strandell was sentenced to a 2 1/2-year prison term, of which he must serve at least two years. After his release, he will be under federal supervision for five years. Strandell remains free on bond, but must report by Sept. 26 to start the sentence.

Perales ran a clinic in Peru until his arrest in 2013. Strandell admitted he and his girlfriend received 1,260 opioid pills from Perales in 2013. For most of the pills, Perales wrote prescriptions; for the rest, Perales simply gave them to Strandell.

Strandell sold the pills in Tennessee, kicking back part of the proceeds to Perales. Strandell said he involved himself with Perales to support his own opioid habit. Perales, who is free on bond, is to be sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 16.

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