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El Paso doctor accused of distributing Xanax for favors

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) - An El Paso doctor is accused of distributing Xanax and other drugs in exchange for favors.

Dr. Thomas Glenn Easter, II, 66, and Elizabeth Lightfoot, 28, both face federal charges.

Authorities allege that Dr. Easter and Lightfoot were responsible for doling out numerous prescriptions involving a variety of medications. 

“Prescription drug abuse has become increasingly prevalent in the community,” stated United States Attorney John F. Bash. “We are going to crack down hard on licensed medical professionals who violate federal law — not to mention their professional obligations — in illegally dispensing controlled substances.”

Both Easter and Lightfoot are currently out on bond. If convicted, each faces up to five years in federal prison.

“Dr. Thomas Glenn Easter, II, and his co-defendant Elizabeth Lightfoot contributed to the controlled substance abuse epidemic plaguing our society,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Steve Borak. “Their conduct put lives at risk and won’t be tolerated. DEA, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to pursue those who seek to perpetuate and profit from the diversion of prescription drugs.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad in El Paso along with Texas Department of Public Safety conducted this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Rose Whyte is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

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