FBI captures fugitive Idaho doctor

SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho – The FBI confirmed Monday they have captured fugitive Idaho doctor Rafael W. Beier who had been on the run since failing to appear in court for his verdict reading last week.

The news of Beier's capture was confirmed by the FBI and the Coeur d'Alene Federal Court.

CdA Court employees said Beier was arrested on his property in Kingston. He was found hiding in a small RV by the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force. Officials said Beier ignored commands to exit the RV until authorities threatened to use a K9.

Authorities also said they went to Beier's home the day he failed to appear in court, but did not locate him.

Beier was found guilty of 66 drug distribution and conspiracy chargers. A federal arrest warrant was obtained for Beier on Tuesday. He faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years and a maximum fine of $1 million.

According to court documents, Beier is the co-owner of Silver Valley Medicine in Pinehurst. Not surprisingly, the lights inside this office are dark and the doors are locked. Between 2012 and 2014, investigators said Dr. Beier illegally sold prescriptions for drugs like the painkiller Oxycodone and Adderall. Sometimes, he would sell the prescriptions in his office and at other times he would meet customers at bars and parking lots, according to court documents.  Court documents say he would receive cash for those. Sometimes, officials said he exchanged prescriptions for favors, such as forgiving his girlfriend's debts to strippers.

According to court documents, Beier was arrested in 2013 after allegedly breaking into his girlfriend's home and threatening her with a gun. Charges were ultimately dropped in that case, though.

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