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Doctor's office receptionist allegedly involved in major drug operation

Many types of illegal drugs are delivered from dealers to users through a network of people, and sometimes these networks can involve hundreds of people. When the authorities in Pennsylvania discover the operation, everyone connected to it may be in need of drug crime defense.

Law enforcement agencies, including the DEA and the FBI, worked together to uncover a high-volume drug operation that used a doctor’s office as its base of operations. According to authorities, a receptionist who worked for the doctor was a critical player in the illegal sale of Oxycodone.

Because a doctor’s prescription is required to obtain Oxycodone, with the help of the receptionist, several patients made appointments with the doctor, during which they said they were in pain and needed Oxycodone. The patients would then give the pills to another person, who sold them illegally. It is quite possible that the doctor played no role in the illegal distribution of prescription drugs; he was merely treating people for their pain.

The receptionist became so familiar with the doctor’s signature that she allegedly forged it on some occasions. According to authorities, she also covered for phony patients when the pharmacies called the doctor’s office to ask about their prescriptions. The receptionists and 26 other people who alleged helped to sell and distribute the drugs will face serious drug charges, and it is likely that some of them will serve prison sentences.

This case may cause states like Pennsylvania to consider measures to prevent the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, which, according to law enforcement, is now a major problem. Because the penalties for drug crimes are so severe, anyone who has any connection to a drug crime may want to seek the help of an attorney.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, “Receptionist Helps Deliver Thousands of Oxy Pills to Philly Streets: Feds,” David Chang, Oct. 29, 2013

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