A Massachusetts man linked to a former Casper doctor admitted Thursday to involvement in the drug-linked death of another person.
Paul E. Beland, of Oxford, Massachusetts, entered guilty pleas in federal court to three felonies: participating in a drug conspiracy that resulted in the death of another person and two counts of an unlawful use of a communication facility, according to court documents.
A written plea agreement in the case was filed under court seal, making it inaccessible to the public. A prosecutor’s statement was likewise filed under seal.
Prosecutors have alleged that over the course of 2016 Beland wired about $10,000 to Shakeel Kahn, the former Casper doctor, in exchange for prescription anti-anxiety and pain-relieving drugs. Beland flew from Massachusetts to Casper, where he would fill prescriptions written by Kahn.
In September 2016, Beland visited Wyoming to pick up drugs. When Beland parked his rental car at a Casper hotel, Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents put a tracking device on the vehicle, according to court documents.
On Oct. 1 and 2, 2016, Beland filled prescriptions for 480 oxycodone pills and 120 methadone tablets, according to the documents.
Beland took the rental car to Casper/Natrona County Airport on Oct. 2, where he was arrested by Natrona County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
By late October, a phone tap indicated Beland was requesting drugs from Kahn again, this time with a straw buyer.
The court documents did not provide details of the drug-related death that Beland pleaded guilty to being involved in.
Kahn is facing 49 charges in federal court in relation to the case. His wife, Lyn Kahn, is facing 22 charges. They each face three counts alleging they were involved in drug conspiracy resulting in death.
Kahn’s name is also sometimes spelled Khan in court documents.