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$2.1M Oxycodone rings smashed in Monroe County

Published March 29. 2013 05:03PM

HARRISBURG - Two prescription drug rings, allegedly responsible for the distribution of $2.1 million worth of Oxycodone in Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, have been broken up by agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation (BNI), federal officials and local police.

In addition to the two rings operating in Pennsylvania, authorities in New York have dismantled the New York City arm of the operation.

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the investigation, known in Pennsylvania as "Operation Script King," began in April 2012 and revealed two competing drug trafficking operations throughout Monroe County, which were led by Bryn Stevenson and John Romagnolo.

Also charged were: Tobyhanna: Lauryn E Hackett, Vivian Alberto-Rivera, Emil A. Sorensen; Blakeslee: Zakiyyah K. Glover, Jose Ocasio; East Stroudsburg: Robert Dreste III; Kunkletown: Christina M. McCorristin, Robert E. Theune, Deanna Lynn Lasher, Matthew Burkhardt, Denise DeNucci, Elixandra Roman, David S. Marsh, Clara R. Schubert, Shakall Chanoine, Nicholas Sandt, Jessica Nicosia, Adam Arthur Booker, Nicholas C. Baliotis; East Bangor: Timothy F. Tyszka; Greenwood Lake, New York: Christopher Saraceno; Bangor: Roberta K. Holden, Lyndsay M. Circelli, Justin Circelli; Stroudsburg: Allen N. Thomas, Kilee Nicole Cunningham, Tina M. Zacharias, Travis Silfee, Samantha J. Borushak, Sharise Martin, Mathias J. Myrthel, Sadae Niki Ward-Yakimov; Mt. Bethel: Francis W. Kyle, Michael J. Prystash, Shannon Lynn Skow; Long Pond: Patrick P. Zipp; Saylorsburg: Brianna Mae Minicozzi, Robert J. Carhart; Cresco: Daniel Romagnolo, Jean Romagnolo, John Romagnolo; Bronx, New York: Patricia Valera-Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez; Bartonsville: Bryn Stevenson; Tannersville: Olga Stevenson; Kingston, PA: Natalie Gurinovich Petrov; Analomink: Jesse Fetherman; Marshalls Creek: Dale John Stephens, Kali Friedman; addresses unknown: Kalani Watts, Martina Collins.

The investigation revealed that pharmacies in Monroe County were being inundated with Oxycodone prescriptions from the Itzamna Medical Center, 205 East 16th St., New York, NY. Dr. Hector Castro was identified by New York authorities as the founder, medical director and practitioner of internal medicine at the Itzamna Medical Center. Dr. Castro is facing charges today in New York for illegally selling Oxycodone prescriptions.

According to New York authorities, between September 2011 and February 2013, New Jersey pharmacies dispensed more than 500,000 Oxycodone pills based on more than 4,500 prescriptions that originated at Dr. Castro's Manhattan office.

The Attorney General's Office was assisted with the investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New York Field Division, the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, the New York City Police Department, Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine, all the local police departments in Monroe County, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, the Barrett Township Police Department, the Pocono Township Police Department, the Stroudsburg Area Regional Police Department, the Monroe County Probation Department, the Union County Police Department, and the Woodbridge Township Police Department.

The cases will be prosecuted in Monroe County by Deputy Attorney General Michael Dugan of the Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Section.

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