Two men who operated Hixson pill mill sentenced for contributing to opioid crisis

72-year-old Timothy Gowder of Oak Ridge and 56-year-old Anwar Mithavayani of Boca Raton, Florida were both convicted earlier this year conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, and for money laundering. Gowder received a sentence of 21 years of imprisonment. Mithavayani received a sentence of 25 years of imprisonment. (Images: Laurel County, KY Jail / WTVC)

The U.S. Department of Justice says two men who worked at a pain clinic in Hixson that was open for business between 2011 and 2016 will both spend lengthy prison terms for contributing to the nation's opioid crisis.

"The defendants’ callous actions undoubtedly contributed to the current opioid crisis. We remain resolute in our commitment to hold accountable drug traffickers who profit from addiction, including those who illegally deal drugs under the guise of medical care,” said United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.

72-year-old Timothy Gowder of Oak Ridge and 56-year-old Anwar Mithavayani of Boca Raton, Florida were both convicted earlier this year conspiring to distribute oxycodone and other drugs, and for money laundering. Gowder received a sentence of 21 years of imprisonment. Mithavayani received a sentence of 25 years of imprisonment.

Gowder was the medical director at the Tennessee Pain Institute (TPI), a pain clinic that operated from 2011 to 2016 in Hixson. Mithavayani was a co-owner of the clinic with Pete Tyndale.