Police Made 68 Drug Arrests in One Neighborhood in Two Days

From left, drug-dealing suspects Alexis Salamon, Gina Collette, Alfredo Negron, and David Nowicki were among last week's arrests. Photos via Philadelphia Police Department photos

From left, drug-dealing suspects Alexis Salamon, Gina Collette, Alfredo Negron, and David Nowicki were among last week’s arrests. Photos via Philadelphia Police Department.

Most drug users in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs know that one of the best places to score dope in the Philadelphia area is in Kensington, where open-air drug deals have long been a staple of neighborhood life. Well, the Philadelphia Police Department tried to show that it means business with two operations last week that led to 68 arrests. Read more »

Feds Bring New Charges Against Alleged “Pill Mill” Doctor

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Dr. William O’Brien III didn’t just run a “pill mill” out of his office, federal prosecutors said Thursday. His prescriptions allegedly led to the death of a patient. They also allegedly got him mixed up with a notorious motorcycle gang — a group of members and their associates who the feds say sported such nicknames as “Tomato Pie,” “Nose,” “Stalker,” and “Redneck.”

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the new charges and allegations against O’Brien, who was originally charged in January for the alleged “pill mill” scheme. The information about the patient’s death, as well as the involvement of the Pagan motorcycle gang, were among the new bits of information in Thursday’s unveiling. Overall, the new indictment adds 95 counts to the case against O’Brien to the charges he already faced — and, for the first time, also charges his ex-wife, Elizabeth Hibbs, with participating in the scheme. (See the indictment below.) Read more »

Pennsylvania Has Some of the Most Expensive Weed in the U.S.

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If you want to smoke up in Pennsylvania, it’s going to cost you.

I mean, obviously. Drugs aren’t free. But according to a recent report from Forbes, Pennsylvania has the some of the most expensive marijuana in America.

The magazine used the website Price of Weed, which has been collecting user-submitted reports since 2010, to chart the price of marijuana in every state. Pennsylvania ranked fifth on the Forbes list (tied with two other states): Read more »

Where to Send Your Kid to College If He Does Drugs

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So let’s say your son is a good kid, a nice kid, smart, nailed his SATs, but he does have this troublesome … habit. He likes to get high.

Nothing serious — you don’t think — but you’ve definitely found rolling papers in the pockets of his jeans, not to mention the bong in the back of his bedroom closet, behind his old ice-hockey gear.

Hey, no big deal; you used to get high, and probably will again if — when — it gets legalized. But considering Junior’s fondness for the Disco Biscuits, you wouldn’t be surprised if he’s done some molly, and didn’t four students at Wesleyan just get arrested for that? You’d hate to see your kid’s whole future derailed over some silly party drug. And he’s going to be applying to college this fall, so … Read more »

Philadelphia Doctor, Receptionist Charged in Pill Mill Scheme

xanax1 Prosecutors today announced the indictment of two Philadelphians, a doctor and a clinic receptionist, for running a “pill mill” scheme out of offices in Philly and Levittown, Bucks County. Federal authorities charged William O’Brien III, 49, and Angela Rongione, 29, with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

If convicted, both could face a 20 year sentence on the conspiracy charge.

O’Brien, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, is also charged with 26 counts of illegally prescribing oxycodone and Xanax without a legitimate medical purpose. Each of those charges carries with it a five-year term and “substantial fines and criminal forfeiture,” per the federal government. In one example from the indictment, the government alleges an FBI agent received prescription slips for 1,080 pills over several visits.

The indictment says O’Brien wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and Xanax for a fee without referrals or medical examinations. The government alleges O’Brien charged $250 for the first visit and prescription and $200 for each additional visit to get refills. Oxycodone is a Schedule II substance under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, which means the government classifies it as having a currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Xanax, the brand name for alprazolam, is a Schedule IV drug (legitimate medical use; low potential for abuse and dependence).

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Cherry Hill Cops Find 250 Pounds of Pot

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Cherry Hill Police today announced a drug bust where police seized 250 pounds of marijuana from a truck and a storage unit.

Police said narc cops uncovered suspicious deliveries to a storage unit in the town and proceeded to perform surveillance. Cops stopped Nelson Anderson after they observed him transferring boxes from the unit to his car. They called in the K-9 unit Mika (above, in one of the most ridiculous drug bust photo ops of all time), who returned a positive for drugs.

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SEPTA Sues Drug Maker Over $1,000-a-Pill Hep C Drug

SEPTA has sued the drugmaker Gilead over the price of its Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, which costs about $1,000 a pill — or $84,000 for a standard treatment.

The lawsuit says the 12-week treatment costs only $900 in Egypt. Gilead also recently cut a deal to sell generic Sovaldi, sofosbuvir, in 91 developing countries. The lawsuit says the Federal Bureau of Prisons also receives massive discounts on the Hep C drug. Gilead has made $5.7 billion selling Sovaldi this year already, about half its revenue.

SEPTA is seeking a judgment that Gilead has engaged in price discrimination, as well as monetary restitution. The transit agency is suing because it is a “third party payor” of its employees’ health care costs; SEPTA has paid $2.4 million for Sovaldi since the drug came out.
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