A doctor who worked at the Rikers island prison facility was arrested by NYPD officers and DEA agents for his role in an oxycodone drug ring. Thursday (January 31) morning, Dr. Robert Gibbs was caught in a raid at his Harlem office.
A Gothamist report showed that Gibbs and his 44-year-old partner Ronald Vaughn, who helped distribute millions of pills throughout New York, worked in tandem to write phony prescriptions and employed workers to fill the orders. Along with his illegal activities, Gibbs worked as a part-time physician at the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center, a part of the Rikers Island prison facility.
Sources say that while Gibbs may have met his accomplice at the jail, he isn’t believed to have engaged in the scheme while working at Rikers. DEA officials were led to investigate Gibbs after a suspicious spike in prescriptions in the summer of 2011 raised concerns.
The cops say Gibbs wrote over 7,000 prescriptions for controlled substances, with 88 percent of the orders made for oxycodone. The pill operation ran January 2008 through August 2012. Gibbs faces 42 counts of criminal sale of a prescription of a controlled substance, conspiracy along with other charges. Vaughn was also nabbed, and he faces fraud and conspiracy charges as well. Mayor Bloomberg’s office issued a brief statement regarding the arrest, condemning Gibbs’ actions.
Oxycodone is pain relief medicine derived from a synthesized form of opium.
Photo: Office Of The Special Narcotics Prosecutor