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Feds Capture Idaho Doctor Convicted of Drug Dealing, Conspiracy

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Rafael Beier, 62, faces up to 20 years in prison for illegal drug distribution and conspiracy. - FBI
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  • Rafael Beier, 62, faces up to 20 years in prison for illegal drug distribution and conspiracy.


Federal law enforcement confirmed Monday that they took an Idaho physician, accused of peddling prescription drugs, into custody. The FBI said Dr. Rafael Beier, co-owner of Silver Valley Medicine in Pinehurst, had been hiding in a small RV on his property in the Shoshone County community of Kingston.

Beier, 62, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars and fines of up to $1 million. Prosecutors said the doctor sold oxycodone to people at bars, stores and parking lots—including to a person under 21—then created false medical charts to cover up the crimes. He was ultimately convicted of 66 counts of illegal drug distribution.

Beier was not present for the jury's verdict in a Coeur d'Alene federal courtroom, so a warrant for his arrest was issued earlier this month.

When the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force approached Beier's RV this past weekend, authorities said he ignored their commands. When they threatened to use a K9 to roust him from the RV, officials said Beier surrendered.