Federal Oxycodone Defense Lawyer discusses recent Bronx ring arrest
February 5, 2014: Federal agents and NYPD arrest dozens of members of purported
illegal Oxycodone trafficking ring involving Astramed clinics.
We have previously written about
state-level prosecutions of illegal oxycodone and oxycontin trafficking, and have
represented many individuals charged in investigations into this crime. But today, the
New York Post reported that on February 5, federal agents and the NYPD
arrested approximately 24 people in connection with indictments for conspiring
to traffic illegal prescription drugs. Specifically, it is alleged that numerous doctors – at least some
associated with the Astramed physicians’ clinic in the Bronx –
wrote prescriptions for Oxycodone for people that they knew did not need
them or intend to use them, and that these individuals then filled these
prescriptions and gave the pills to traffickers for resale. All in all,
it is alleged by the prosecutors that over a half billion dollars worth
of illegal Oxycodone was purchased and trafficked into the black market
in this fashion.
It may be that many of the individuals involved in this operation were
in legitimate need of prescription medication and in fact committed no
crimes, and it remains to be seen whether the doctors that wrote the prescriptions
actually knew that they were furthering a criminal enterprise instead
of simply writing prescriptions that they believed were medically necessary.
Interestingly, under federal conspiracy laws, the individuals that obtained
the phony prescriptions from the purportedly corrupt doctors could be
charged with the same crimes as the doctors that knowingly wrote the false
prescriptions or the drug dealers that ultimately resold the illegal pills,
though they are likely to be able to receive shorter jail sentences for
having played smaller roles in the operation.
Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance under the United States
Controlled Substance Act. We suspect that the applicable charge contained
in the federal indictment is a violation of
22 USC 841(a), with penalties described under 22 USC 841(b)(1)(C). Notably, it appears that at least
one or two individuals have also been charged in New York State Supreme
court with similar state-level charges.
If you or a loved one have been arrested in connection with this criminal
investigation, you should strongly consider contacting the
experienced criminal defense attorneys at Galluzzo & Arnone. They have significant experience successfully defending individuals in
large-scale conspiracy cases and in prescription drug conspiracy cases.