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59 charged in alleged drug conspiracy in North Philadelphia

Federal drug charges are prosecuted aggressively, and anyone accused of a federal drug crime will need a strong criminal defense that analyzes the facts of the case to establish an effective defense strategy. Federal investigators typically gather a significant amount of evidence before any drug charges are filed, but often these cases are not as cut and dry as authorities would like us to believe.

With these issues in mind, let's consider the recent arrests of nearly 60 people who are accused of taking part in an illegal prescription drug operation in North Philadelphia. If convicted, two of the defendants, a man and a woman, could face life sentences.

According to federal prosecutors, a 33-year-old man organized a prescription drug ring that involved a doctor's secretary and 57 other accomplices, many of whom allegedly posed as patients in order to receive Xanax and Oxycodone.

Prosecutors claim that the 28-year-old secretary would forge prescriptions and then field any calls from pharmacists when other accomplices went to get the prescriptions filled. The drugs were then resold, according to authorities, and the money was allegedly handed over to a third party who deposited the proceeds in a bank account created by the man accused of heading up the operation.

Defendants in the case are facing federal charges of drug conspiracy, fraud and drug distribution.

Drug cases involving so many defendants are bound to be complex, and often in these cases, overcharging occurs. With so much at stake, it is important that defendants are aware of the full range of options for having the charges reduced or even dismissed.

If you would like to learn more about defending against federal charges, please visit our federal drug charges page.

Source:, "Feds shut down major Oxycodone ring," Jeremy Roebuck, Oct. 30, 2013

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