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Federal drug charges do not always involve street dealers

The idea of illicit drug activity often conjures images of backstreet alleys and suspicious looking dealers in substandard living sections of a town. This is not always the case, however, as evidenced by recent federal drug charges brought against several medical professionals in Pennsylvania. The three doctors were said to have been offering substance abuse and recovery assistance to families in their community.

The men, ages 78, 79 and 63, are facing charges as suspected ring leaders in an alleged scheme that sold prescription drugs to families they were supposed to be helping. Authorities claim that instead of aiding those with substance abuse problems in their recoveries, they did things to exacerbate their addictions. Prosecutors say that recovering victims were injured by not receiving the quality care and support they needed at the time.

The doctors have been likened to drug dealers on the street. They are alleged to have taken what was supposed to be a valuable community resource and turned it into an illegal business, through which they supposedly obtained great personal financial gains. They are also accused of having a 10-year plan in which they had hoped to corner the drug market in their area.

Allegedly, the physicians sold more than $5 million in drugs from their clinic. If convicted, each faces extended time in prison and substantial monetary fines. The clinic is no longer in operation. Anyone accused on similar federal drug charges in Pennsylvania is able to request assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney to build as strong a defense as possible before proceeding to court.

Source: 6abc.com, "Philadelphia doctors charged in $5M prescription drug bust", Dann Cuellar, May 12, 2016

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