Warrant issued after N. Idaho doctor skips court

Posted at 10:42 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 12:42:24-04

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Federal officials say an arrest warrant has been issued for a northern Idaho doctor found guilty of illegally distributing pain pills.

The FBI says 62-year-old Rafael L. Beier of Kingston skipped the verdict of his federal trial Tuesday and is considered armed and dangerous.

A federal jury found Beier guilty of 66 drug distribution and drug conspiracy charges. The verdict came on the second day of deliberations.

Authorities say that between 2012 and May 2014, Beier sold prescriptions for cash, meeting people at bars, parking lots, stores and in his office.

Beier is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.