Billionaire pharmaceutical founder bribed doctors to push addictive fentanyl spray, says US prosector

John Kapoor (75), the billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics, ran a bribery scheme to get doctors to prescribe an addictive fentanyl spray, said Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lazarus in Boston federal court on the opening day of a trial against Kapoor and four other Insys executives.

Reuters reports that Lazurus told jurors Insys set up sham conferences and paid doctors up to $275,000 to speak at the poorly-attend fora.

Kapoor and his colleagues have pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

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Mexican drug lord assassinated by killer clowns

Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix, the eldest brother in Mexico's once-dominant Tijuana drug cartel, was shot to death by gunmen disguised as clowns at a children's party on Friday.

The 63-year-old drug lord was also known by the nicknames "El Pelón" (the baldie) or Menso, ("stupid/crazy"). He was assassinated by a man in a clown suit during a family gathering at an upscale resort in Cabo San Lucas, a popular tourist destination on the Baja California peninsula, state special investigations prosecutor Isai Arias told Associated Press on Saturday:

An official of the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office told the AP that the costumes included a wig and a round red nose.

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