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CASPER, Wyo. — An Arizona woman has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge alleging she conspired to distribute drugs resulting in death.

KTWO-AM reports Shawnna Thacker of Topock, Arizona, pleaded not guilty Thursday during her arraignment in Cheyenne. She is charged in a prescription drug conspiracy that prosecutors say was led by former Wyoming and Arizona physician Shakeel Kahn.

Prosecutors say customers paid Kahn $500 to write prescriptions for large amounts of opioids or other controlled substances that the customers often re-sold.

Thacker, Kahn and three others are charged with conspiring to distribute drugs resulting in the March 2015 death of Arizona resident Jessica Burch.

The arrest warrants alleged they conspired to distribute oxycodone, a prescription sedative and a muscle relaxant — a combination of drugs known for providing an intense high and the risk of death.

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