Prescription Drugs

NY Doc Charged with Running $10 Million Oxycodone Ring

Half a million pills dispensed in tri-state area


A New York City doctor has been charged in a scheme that allegedly distributed $10 million worth of oxycodone pills.

"Well over half a million oxycodone pills were illegally sold in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, fueling the addiction of an untold number of people," said Bridget Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor.

Dr. Hector Castro, his office manager Patricia Valera and four dozen others were charged with running what the Drug Enforcement Administration called an "extensive interstate network of narcotics traffickers" responsible for the illegal distribution of a half million oxycodone pills worth at least $10 million.