Thursday, March 28, 2013
Nearly 50 Arrested in Prescription Drug Trafficking Bust
Prosecutors say Valera ran a separate illegal prescription scheme from Castro’s medical office.
Pharmacists in Pennsylvania went to authorities about a suspicious number of prescriptions coming from Castro’s Manhattan office. Evidence from New York and Pennsylvania authorities revealed that Valera was suspected of supplying the illegal prescriptions to drug trafficking organizations.
Pennsylvania authorities charged the leaders of two major drug trafficking networks and 41 others with filling prescriptions for Oxycodone illegally supplied by Valera and distributing the pills in Pennsylvania, law enforcement officials said.
“Seven thousand people begin misusing prescription drugs for the first time every day, “ added Brian Crowell, New York DEA Special Agent in Charge. “Today’s enforcement announcement has identified tri-state Rx crews that targeted and capitalized on this deadly pain medication threat."