Oxycodone Distribution Ring Dismantled
Seven Defendants Charged in Federal Court, Over 20,000 Pills Distributed
|U.S. Attorney’s Office April 04, 2014|
ALEXANDRIA, VA—An oxycodone distribution ring operating in northern Virginia has been dismantled as conspirators plead guilty and are sentenced.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement.
According to court documents, members of the conspiracy illegally produced fraudulent prescriptions for 30mg oxycodone pills using a variety of sources in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William County. The conspirators supplied their own identities, and those of family members and others, to the leaders of the conspiracy to create fraudulent prescriptions. The leaders used those identities to create fraudulent prescriptions, and they paid individuals to act as runners to fill the false prescriptions at various pharmacies. Each runner subsequently returned the filled illegal prescriptions, usually containing 60 to 120 oxycodone pills, to the leaders for distribution.
The leaders of the conspiracy typically gave the runners approximately 10 to 15 of the pills as payment, and the conspirators sold the remaining pills for approximately $30 to $45 per pill. The investigation has identified over 20,000 pills distributed through the conspiracy, and about a quarter of the prescriptions were paid for by privately or publicly funded insurance programs.
The following defendants have been charged in this matter:
Mostaffa Mohamed Al Nimiry, 24, of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty on January 22, 2014 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. Al Nimiry was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Jacqueline Alfaro, 22, of Fairfax, Virginia, pleaded guilty on January 16, 2014 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Alfaro was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga to three years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.
Jennifer Hagerup, 29, of Great Falls, Virginia, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and is awaiting sentencing on July 11, 2014.
Christopher Bryant, 25, of Sterling, Virginia, pleaded guilty today before Judge O’Grady to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and is awaiting sentencing on July 11, 2014.
Olivia Lee, 22, of Herndon, Virginia, pleaded guilty on January 9, 2014 before Judge O’Grady to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and is awaiting sentencing on April 25, 2014.
Hilina Damte, 25, of Alexandria, Virginia, pleaded guilty on Febtuaru 6, 2014 before Judge O’Grady to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and is awaiting sentencing on May 2, 2014.
Matias Garcia, 23, of Sterling, Virginia, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fairfax County Police Department, with assistance from the Alexandria City Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, and Montgomery County Police Department. Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Beth Groves and Whitney Russell prosecuted the cases on behalf of the United States.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.