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Closing arguments begin Wednesday morning in Tran trial

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    By Steve Phillips – bio | email GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Government prosecutors quizzed Nick Tran Tuesday about gambling debts and whether he followed procedures at his Biloxi pharmacy where he's accused of filling illegal prescriptions. Tran took the stand in federal court Tuesday to defend himself against conspiracy and drug charges. The cross examination by Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie became contentious at times as Tran drifted off topic and rambled when quest...More >>
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The federal drug case involving Biloxi pharmacist Nick Tran is expected to go to the jury later this morning. The defense rested its case late Tuesday afternoon.

Tran is accused of conspiring with others to distribute large numbers of illicit narcotics prescriptions. The defendant spent the entire day Tuesday on the witness stand. He told the jury, "I do everything by the book."

When Tran's attorney asked if he'd ever knowingly participated in any illegal activity, he replied, "Absolutely not."

Tran testified he often called doctors to verify prescriptions if there was any question about legitimacy.

During cross examination, assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie asked Tran about gambling losses. When asked if he lost $125,000 at one coast casino and $108,000 at another, Tran's response was, "I don't know."

Meynardie also grilled the defendant about "paying cash" to a part time pharmacist, rather than reporting the employee. Tran admitted he did so, but said he didn't think that was against the law.

Meynardie replied, "Well, I guess you didn't do everything by the book, did you?"

This is the eighth day of the federal trial in Gulfport. After closing arguments conclude, the jury will begin deliberations.

Steve Phillips is in the courtroom again Wednesday, and will bring us updates throughout the day on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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