Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Owner Of Bronx Clinic And 23 Other Individuals Involved In Illegal Distribution Of More Than Five Million Oxycodone Pills
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Bridget G. Brennan, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York ("SNP"), James J. Hunt, the Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA"), and William Bratton, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York ("NYPD"), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment against 24 defendants in connection with a massive drug distribution ring that operated out of a purported medical clinic with multiple locations in the Bronx, New York, known as "Astramed," and unlawfully distributed more than five million tablets of the prescription painkiller oxycodone over a three-year period. The participants in the distribution ring included doctors, clinic employees, and drug traffickers who oversaw crews of "patients" who they sent into the clinics in order to obtain medically unnecessary prescriptions. The prescriptions were then filled at pharmacies, and the resulting pills resold on the streets of New York and elsewhere.
- Date:February 5, 2014
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
- Criminal and Civil Actions