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NYC Doc Charged in $10M Oxycodone-Trafficking Ring

by Meghan Barr
Associated Press

    In this March 26, 2013 photo provided by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, officers from the New York City Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration take Dr. Hector Castro into custody. Authorities say that Castro led a narcotics smuggling ring that trafficked at least $10 million worth of drugs across several states. Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say 49 people have been arrested in a physician-led oxycodone smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of drugs across several states.

Dr. Hector Castro, a Manhattan physician, was arrested Tuesday and charged with 39 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court.

Authorities say Castro and his assistant illegally distributed more than 500,000 pills in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The undercover investigation by New York City's special narcotics unit was sparked by a fatal oxycodone overdose in Middlesex, N.J., in 2011. Officials say a pill bottle with Castro's name was found at the scene.

Authorities also seized 30 guns in New York and Pennsylvania.

Forty-three people were arrested in Pennsylvania.

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