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Drug charges for New Jersey doctor in alleged drug ring

Recently, a physician finds himself defending against charges that he illegally wrote hundreds of prescriptions for opioid painkillers and anti-anxiety medications. The New Jersey based physician is allegedly connected with a crime network who apparently paid the doctor for prescriptions. The doctor is now facing drug charges that include second degree distribution of narcotics. 

The New Jersey Attorney General's office has been particularly aggressive in tracking down drug dealers in recent times since the explosion of the opioid epidemic. Atlantic County, where the majority of the prescriptions were filled, is one of the counties hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, facing record numbers of overdose deaths in recent years. An investigation into drug trafficking in the county led authorities to one doctor who they claim was writing prescriptions for 30 members of a drug trafficking ring.

Second degree drug trafficking charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in prison and fines up to $150,000. Third degree charges for this same crime net three to five years and $15,000 in fines. The doctor is the sixth physician in New Jersey in the last two years to face similar drug charges. 

The consequences for the drug charges brought against the New Jersey doctor are certainly serious. If he is to avoid prison time and costly fees, he will have to rely on a strong criminal defense. Other New Jersey residents facing drug charges may have similar concerns. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help individuals accused of a crime to prepare their defense to help eliminate or reduce any criminal charges. 

Source: Fox News, "NJ doctor charged in drug ring wrote thousands of bogus opioid prescriptions", Elizabeth Llorente, July 19, 2017

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