Man admits selling drugs after addict meetings

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SEATTLE (AP) — A man who hosted support meetings for drug and alcohol addicts has pleaded guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge, after admitting he was selling morphine, oxycodone and other drugs before and after the meetings.

Michael Martin Shepard was arrested in March. The 65-year-old ran the Nomadian Community Resource Center in South Seattle and hosted Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings there.

According to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court on Friday, Shepard insisted that customers become members of the resource center before he would sell to them. Authorities who executed a search warrant at the resource center, where Shepard also lived, found two guns.

Shepard faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January.

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