According to NewsTalk Florida, an 18-month investigation has led to the arrest of an 84-year-old Florida doctor. The Drug Enforcement Administration alleges that the physician illegally distributed approximately $10 million worth of pain relievers by issuing prescriptions for more than 16,000 amphetamine pills, 64,000 morphine pills, and 400,000 oxycodone pills.
The Sun Sentinel reports that police arrested the man at his office, and a judge released him the following week on a $500,000 bond. The doctor cannot practice medicine or prescribe drugs until the criminal case against him has been resolved.
He is currently facing 10 federal charges, which include conspiracy and attempting to dispense prescription drugs. Federal agents claim that three of the doctor’s employees were also involved in the conspiracy, and they are each facing one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone as a result.
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What Are the Penalties for Possessing Oxycodone Without a Prescription?
Oxycodone is a Schedule II drug in the state of Florida, which means it has a high potential for abuse, and doctors need to prescribe it with care. Because of this classification, individuals who possess less than 4 grams of oxycodone without a valid prescription could face third-degree felony charges. Potential penalties for such a conviction include:
- Up to five years in prison;
- Up to five years of supervised probation;
- A fine of up to $5,000;
- A license suspension for up to two years;
- Substance abuse evaluation, treatment, or screenings; and
- The forfeiture of any vehicles or property used when committing the felony.
Individuals who possess more than 7 grams of oxycodone can face a much more serious charge for drug trafficking. These weights refer to how much the actual pills weigh, not the dosage of each pill, and the penalties for trafficking oxycodone ultimately depend on the amount of the drug in your possession.
For example, if you are convicted of trafficking between 7 and 14 grams of oxycodone, you face between three and 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. If you are convicted of trafficking between 14 and 25 grams, penalties include a prison sentence of between seven and 30 years and a $100,000 fine.
Trafficking between 25 and 100 grams of the drug could result in a prison sentence of between 15 and 30 years with a $500,000 fine, while trafficking between 100 grams and 30 kilograms can result in 25 to 30 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
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