2 registered nurses in New Mexico are indicted in drug case

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Two registered nurses who were formerly employed by an Albuquerque-area hospice care provider have been indicted on federal prescription opioid conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Desiree Ulibarri and 35-year-old Annabel Debari are charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to acquire and obtain oxycodone by fraud and deceit.

The indictment alleges that the two women from Albuquerque committed the offenses between April and July of 2016.

Authorities say Ulibarri allegedly picked up packages from a shipping company instead of having the medication delivered to patients and more than 3,800 pills were diverted.

Ulibarri pleaded not guilty Thursday while Debari is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 7.

Prosecutors say the women each face up to 20 years in federal prison if they’re convicted in the case.

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