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DEA agents arrest 74-year-old doctor for running illegal $40 million pill mill operation

June 24, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
DEA agents arrest 74-year-old doctor for running illegal $40 million pill mill operation

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DEA agents raided the offices of a 74-year-old doctor in New York who stands accused of operating a massive pill mill operation on Staten Island.

Federal prosecutors charged 74-year-old Dr. David Taylor and two co-conspirators with illegally diverting 4 million pills to customers worth an estimated street value of $40 million.

According to DEA Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, the pain management specialist allegedly wrote scripts for drugs such as oxycodone and Xanax without an examination, MRIs, or medical records in exchange for money or even gifts including single malt whiskey for the prescriptions.

DEA and NYPD arrested a 74-year-old doctor for running an illegal pill mill

“Millions of dollars’ worth of pain medication were diverted onto the streets of Staten Island, enabling addiction and overdoses on the borough. These arrests will impact Staten Island’s opioid market by shutting down an illicit pill distribution operation located in the heart of the borough,” Hunt said.

Officials said the pill mill operation continued to operate from January 2012 through this month.

Federal agents also arrested 57-year-old Daniel Garcia, and 48-year-old Vito Gallicchio, 48, for conspiring with Taylor to distribute the prescription drugs.

Authorities also arrested Vito Gallicchio, 48, (pictured right) and Daniel Garcia, 57, (left) Officials said they conspired with Taylor to distribute the drugs; Gallicchio would direct fake patients to the doctor.

Investigators allege Gallicchio would direct fake patients to the doctor.

Sources told Fox 5 News in New York that one of the places where the patients would get the prescriptions filled was at Victory Pharmacy, which was closed on Thursday.

The three suspects face a maximum of 20 years behind bars if convicted.

All three men were released after posting bail.

As part of the plea agreement, the judge is allowing Taylor to keep seeing patients while he awaits trial.

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