Verdict Reached on Southport Pill Mill Trial

After 3 days of testimony, the jury gave it's verdict in an hour for the Southport man accused of running a prescription drug ring from his house. Michael Anthony Norman was found guilty of trafficking oxycodone, tampering with evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana in excess of 20 grams.

The defense started the day bringing out Steven Mark Lang to testify. Lang said he kept drugs in his bedroom at Norman's house from his trips down to south Florida. However, he said Norman had no knowledge of the illegal activity that was taking place while they were there, saying that Norman would spend his time at car shows and shopping.

Lang also testified that Norman didn't realize there were an excess amount of drugs in the house until the day before the robbery. When Norman testified today, he corroborated that story stating that he had found the drugs in Lang's bedroom after doing the laundry. "In Mark's bedroom, there was all kinds of pills, all kinds of drugs, that I found in his sock drawer and his underwear drawer."

Prosecutors weren't convinced though. They felt it was too convenient that the drugs were in Norman's safe and that when Lang visited him directly after the robbery, he told him to leave. "He was hiding those drugs," said State Attorney Larry Basford, "as many as he could remember was around him, getting the story straight with Dan Nelson, and telling his buddy Mark Lang to get out of here...I've gotta call the police."

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