An elderly couple living in New York‘s Upper West Side neighborhood allegedly sold large amounts of the prescription drug oxycodone to a number of drug rings in the city. Dr. Rogelio Lucas and his wife, Lydia, were charged with dozens of drug-related offenses.
Gothamist reported on the legal issues of Mr. and Mrs. Lucas, 77 and 79 respectively. Apparently The Lucas couple sold thousands of oxycodone prescriptions to large New York drug rings. The pair was charged with 37 counts of Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance.
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Authorities allege that between 2009 and the spring of this year, Dr. Lucas made a habit of writing oxycodone prescriptions to drug runners with “no legitimate medical need,” while his wife, working the front office, collected $120 a pop, in cash. According to the court’s review of Dr. Lucas’s prescribing history, this happened as often as 45 to 50 times per day. We’re talking 23,6000 oxy prescriptions, for 3.1 million pills, since January, 2009.
“Without this doctor’s outrageous scheme, drug dealers could not have gotten hold of dangerous prescription medicine,” HRA Commissioner Steven Banks said in a statement.
A search of the Upper West Side Lucas home and a secondary residence in Scarsdale yielded $600,000 in cash. The New York Post reports that the Lucases also have homes in Hawaii and Florida and currently building a home in the Philippines.
The couple both pleaded not guilty and are being held on $500,000 each.