The doctor that was at the helm of an illegal Oxycodone ring in the Bronx, New York, has been found guilty. Federal prosecutors have stated he may face up to 20 years in prison, following being convicted by a jury.
A man by the name of Kevin Lowe is the individual involved in this drug trafficking scheme, and reports have detailed that he had been participating in this crime for the past three years. He ran a fake chain of Astramed medical clinics, institutions that masqueraded as health facilities while really providing a place for drug addicts to obtain oxycodone. Those in charge only accepted cash, and were quick to write prescriptions for those who provided the right amount of coaxing and bribes.
The amount of prescriptions issued were said to have totaled almost 35,000, all of them fake. The street value of the near 5.5 million Oxycodone tablets sold in the Bronx reportedly has reached more than $165 million. In the aforementioned three years that Lowe ran this scheme, he is said to have earned around $7 million.
The 55-year-old is set to be sentenced on the 10th of August, 2015. In terms of who else was involved in the crime, reports have stated that more than 20 other individuals have already been convicted thus far.
By Rebecca Grace
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