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Two nurses plead guilty to painkiller conspiracy

March 23, 2011

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— Two Kansas nurses have admitted they conspired in 2009 with a pharmacist to illegally dispense painkillers.

Thirty-seven-year-old Denise Carlson, of Riley, pleaded Tuesday in Topeka to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone and Oxycontin. Prosecutors are recommending a two-year sentence.

Carlson admitted conspiring with 31-year-old Christine Swanson, whom she met at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, to obtain the drugs after learning Swanson's sister was a pharmacist at the Salina K-Mart. The hospital says neither woman was working as a nurse at the time.

Swanson pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and obstruction in exchange for the government's recommendation of a three-year prison term. Both women face sentencing on June 13.

Pharmacist Katherine Surowski is set to go on trial June 14.

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